(Reposted April 11) Michigan Republicans convened in the Lansing Center April 8-9 (well, some of the district caucuses huddled in the nearby Radisson Hotel Friday night) to select their delegates and alternates to the GOP National Convention in Cleveland this coming July; elect their National Committeeman and Committeewoman for the next four years; and approve two resolutions.
Gov. Rick Snyder kicked off the conclave Saturday morning, and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley chaired the proceedings. The whole shebang began at 9 a.m. and was adjourned at 10 minutes before noon — right on schedule. The votes on the national committeepersons and two resolutions actually consumed a plurality of the time, even though the ultimate results were predictable — incumbent National Commiteewoman Kathy Berden of Sanilac County was re-elected to a full term in that post, and Dr. Rob Steele, a cardiologist who has run for both Congress and U-M Regent, was elected to succeed former state Rep. Dave Agema, who declined to run for a second term. The two resolutions were as follows: 1) Support of the state of Israel and condemning the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration; and 2) Demanding that the Michigan Legislature segregate statutes that conform with the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (states rights) from all other current state laws that don’t.
Delegates and alternates to the National Convention, most of whom were selected by district caucuses on Friday night, were endorsed by the whole convention as follows (AL means “At Large)”:
Delegates Pledged to Donald Trump (25): Mary Balkema/AL; National Committeewoman Kathy Berden/AL; Steve Boron; state Senator Jack Brandenburg, Harrison Twp/AL; Linda Burns Torp; Amy Carl; Susan Chmielewski; Glenn Frobel; Scott Hagerstrom; Matt Hall; state Senator Joe Hune, Hamburg/AL; state Rep. Brandt Iden, Kalamazoo/AL; former state House Speaker Rick Johnson, Leroy/AL; Janine Kateff; Meshawn Maddock; Debra Mantey/AL; Dennis Marburger; state Rep. Ed McBroom, Vulcan; Christopher Morris/AL; Wes Nakagiri/AL; Gustavo Portela; Michigan Republican Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel/AL; Diane Schindlebeck/AL; Ian Shetron; and former state Rep. Sharon Tyler Berrien Co.
Delegates Pledged to Ted Cruz (17): Former state Rep. Dave Agema, Grandville/AL; U.S. Rep. Justin Amash/AL; former state GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis, Lansing/AL; Daniel Bernard; Fred Bertsch; Barbara Bookout; Josephine Brown; state Senator Patrick Colbeck, Canton/AL; Wendy Day; Karen Faett; Victor Fitz; state Rep. Ray Franz, Onekama; state Rep. Gary Glenn, Midland; Denise Magewick-Schlotz; Mary Anne Rankey; John Taylor; and John Wolfsberger.
Delegates Pledged to John Kasich (17): Kersten Bond; Tim Brown; Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Portland/AL; Tamara Carlone; former state GOP Chair/National Committeewoman Elisabeth DeVos, Ada/AL; former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra; state Rep. Gary Howell, Lapeer Co; John Inhulsen; state Rep. Nancy Jenkins, Clayton; Robert Little; Scott McGraw; former MSU Trustee David Porteous; U-M Regent/former state Rep. Andrew Richner; former state Rep. William Runco; Judi Schwalback; Yavonne Whitbeck; and former National Committeeman Chuck Yob/AL.
Alternate Delegates Pledged to Donald Trump (25): Dean Berden, Snover; Scott Brew/AL; Tyrell Bundy, Detroit; Margaret Copeland; Paul DeYoung; Kevin Even; John Haggard, Charlevoix; Jeanine Herlacher, Rockford; Jan Johnson/AL; Secretary of State Ruth Johnson/AL; Catherine Kirk, Clinton Twp; Cody Maynard/AL; Carl Meyers/AL; Pauline Montie, Trenton; Robert Oestrich; Dennis Pittman/AL; Jeff Sakwa/AL; Charlie Secchia/AL; Marian Sheridan, W. Bloomfield; Linda Lee Tarver, Lansing; Ken Thompson/AL; Kathleen Thorrez; and Jack Walker.
Alternate Delegates Pledged to Ted Cruz (17): Barbara Agema, Grandville; Margo Aseltine; Kent Boersma; Page Brousseau, IV; Sandra Call, Traverse City; state House Speaker Kevin Cotter, Mt. Pleasant/AL; Penny Crider, Livona; former state Senator Alan Cropsey, DeWitt; Kurt Foulds, Westland; Theodore Golubinski; William Gordon, Ann Arbor; Bonnie Landrum; Kurt O’Keefe, Grosse Pointe; Bill Parfet/Hickory Corners/AL; state Rep. Lana Theis, Brighton; and Lisa Valerio-Nowc, Clinton Twp.
Alternate Delegates Pledged to John Kasich (17): Brian Bruce Beauchine; Chris Beckering, Ada; Randy Bishop, Kewadin; Nicholas Buggia; Cheryl Costantino; Thomas Llewellyn, Milford; state Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, West Olive/AL; David Nicholson/AL; state Rep. Philip Potvin, Cadillac; Doug Reimel, Taylor; former state Rep. Paul Scott; Paul Segers, Grand Haven; Ida Shelly, Westland; state Rep. Jason Sheppard, Lambertville; Amanda Van Essen Wirth/AL; state Rep. Mary Whiteford; and Pamela Williams, Bloomfield.
By the Michigan GOP’s rules, all delegates are pledged to vote for the presidential candidate with whom they are affiliated on the first ballot at the National Convention unless one or more of the candidates suspends his campaign or otherwise “drops out” of the contest. After that, delegates are free to vote for whomever they want to.