In the war between the alt-right/Christian nationalist and establishment factions of the GOP, battles are being waged in state races around the country. Even Ted Cruz may face a primary challenge in TX. In MI, David Barton and now Sean Hannity have endorsed Patrick Colbeck for governor. Can Steve Bannon be far behind?
Colbeck’s opposition in MI isn’t just the Democrats. On October 10, the MI Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof stripped him of all of his Senate committee assignments. Although Meekhof has not provided a specific reason for the unusual move, it may be an expression of the GOP war between the establishment and alt-right/Christian nationalist factions of the party. According to a Detroit News report, Colbeck is a favorite of the tea party in MI.
Colbeck believes he is being punished for attempting to “drain the swamp.”
When one is working hard to drain the swamp, it shouldn’t come as any surprise if an alligator bites back ;)… https://t.co/yZQzbXUYWs
— Patrick Colbeck (@pjcolbeck) October 12, 2017
Colbeck posted to his campaign Twitter account the extraordinary letter from Meekhof.
In response to requests for a copy of the letter that I received Tuesday evening regarding the loss of my Committee assignments, read below. pic.twitter.com/iCtFvX7fjm
— Colbeck for Governor (@ColbeckForGov) October 16, 2017
Ordinarily, this would be the kiss of death for a GOP candidate. However, Colbeck’s race will be one to watch in order to assess the strength of the growing coalition between white identity alt-right nationalists and Christian nationalists. Although Trump and Bannon aren’t being mentioned by name as yet, the endorsement of Hannity puts Colbeck in play as an anti-establishment candidate.
Apparently, Sen. Colbeck didn’t like my post on Tuesday about David Barton’s endorsement. He blocked me from viewing his account on Twitter.
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