The editorial board for the Detroit News, one of Michigan’s largest newspapers, weighed in Wednesday on the state’s gubernatorial race, announcing its endorsement of Republican Tudor Dixon over incumbent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democratic candidate for governor, was criticized by the board as having made an inappropriate comment about Whitmer’s sexual orientation. “inclination toward authoritarianism.”
Dixon, who is both a conservative commentator as well as a political outsider, was “informed, measured and focused on the right priorities,” the board stated, noting it was “reassured”Following interviews with Dixon, and her performance in debate against Whitmer.
The Detroit News tends to lean right compared to the Motor City’s other major newspaper, the Detroit Free PressHowever, Detroit News’s editorial board has endorsed a Democrat two elections in a row for secretary of state and has chosen not to endorse at all in the attorney general race this year, citing “malodorous” candidates. The Republican Candidate was endorsed by the group over Whitmer in 2018.
In its endorsement of Dixon, the editorial board touched on the Michigan Republican’s positions on election integrity, tax cuts, education, business regulations, abortion, and the state budget.
While the board was turned off by Dixon’s concerns of voter fraud following the 2020 election, it was satisfied with Dixon’s vow to accept the “will of the voters”In the coming midterms.
Dixon’s gubernatorial agenda includes scaling back and eventually eliminating the state income tax, while Whitmer has committed only to considering a graduated income tax.
Dixon’s position appealed to the editorial board, which stated, “A tax code that punishes success would be a huge blow to the state’s ability to attract jobs and investment, and would likely send businesses and residents packing to other states with a less tax burden.”
Reallocating some control over school curriculum and policies from teachers’ unions to parents is an education stance that separates Dixon from Whitmer. Teachers’ unions overwhelmingly back Whitmer, the editorial board observed.
Dixon had previously worked in business for the steel industry. The editorial board observed that this background lends itself to Dixon becoming an entrepreneur. “more receptive to the concerns of the business community about overregulation. She would be less beholden to union interests than Whitmer has been.”
As many Democrats who are vulnerable, Whitmer campaign heavily for abortion following the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse it Roe v. Wade this year. Whitmer is joining many in her party to repeatedly claim this year. “women’s rights”These are the consequences of states being deprived of authority to decide abortion policies.
Dixon is vocally prolife and has pledged to support Proposal 3, should Michiganders choose to vote for it. The editorial board found Proposal 3 reasonable. Pro-life activists strongly oppose the proposal which would allow women to have unborn children in Michigan until viability.
Citing her fiscal conservatism, the editorial board also applauded Dixon’s ability to serve as a “good steward of Michigan’s finances” amid the state grappling with the nation’s crippling inflation rate.
Whitmer was the target of the Michigan Democrat editorial board, who accused Whitmer of abusing her power as Michigan governor in the wake Chinese coronavirus outbreaks that began to rise in 2020.
It is not her taking control of the state during that time, the issue is that she kept unilateral authority in excess of the initial sorting period and used that to bypass representative governance.
Whitmer issued many orders, which were sometimes random and capricious and other times baffling. — she allowed hardware stores to stay open, but roped off shelves of gardening supplies; Michiganians could go fishing in a canoe, but not in a motorboat, etc.
Although she was unwavering in her obedience to all of her directives, she would often break them.
Coinciding with overextended coronavirus policies, the editorial board suggested Whitmer’s administration cost the state a critical business deal.
“Michigan was unprepared to respond to economic opportunity coming out of the pandemic. Ford Motor Co., its quintessential hometown business, took its $11 billion investment in electric vehicle facilities to Kentucky and Tennessee,”It was written.
Dixon was ultimately declared the winner by the editorial board “best choice” for the governor’s race, stating Dixon “would return Michigan to consensus governing.”
Whitmer is currently leading in polling, although Dixon continues to close the gap that was previously wide in terms of support. The last few public polls reveal Dixon is now down by single digits and within the polls’ margins of error.
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