Judge affirms removal of Kristina Karamo as Michigan GOP chair

 February 29, 2024

A Michigan judge on Tuesday affirmed the removal of Kristina Karamo as Michigan's GOP chair, issuing an injunction barring her from conducting party business.

Karamo was removed from her position in January by a large majority of district leaders at a meeting Karamo did not attend.

She argued that the meeting was illegitimate because it was illegally organized and not official, and she refused to accept the results of the vote.

According to NBC News, she has maintained control of the state GOP bank account and social media accounts, making it impossible for her replacement, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, to effectively take over her position.

Ending the chaos

Karamo also said that she planned to organize a rival convention, but Kent County Circuit Judge J. Joseph Rossi's ruling should effectively end these tactics, since she will be in violation of the order if she uses any GOP resources to conduct business.

Specifically, Karamo is prohibited from “holding herself out as Chair of the Michigan Republican State Committee,” “calling any meeting of the Michigan Republican State Committee” and “conducting, or attempting to conduct, any business in the name of the Michigan Republican State Committee or the Michigan Republican Party.”

She is also prohibited from accessing party bank accounts and "engaging in any communication, including on social media, that purports to be issued on behalf of the Michigan State Republican Committee or the Michigan Republican Party."

It's important for Michigan, a swing state that could go either way in the general election, not to be engulfed in chaos or uncertainty as its convention and the general election near.

The court order should help end the uproar and restore some semblance of order to the state party apparatus.

Larger party supports Hoekstra

The Republican National Committee firmly sides with Hoekstra and will welcome the ruling.

While former President Donald Trump supported Karamo when she first became chair in Michigan, he now supports Hoekstra as well.

“The MIGOP State Committee, the RNC, President Trump and now a court of law have all reviewed the January 6th meeting and there is unanimous agreement that the former Chair was properly removed, and I was elected as the new Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party," Hoekstra said after the ruling.

“It is time to unite and move forward with the business delivering the state of Michigan for our Party’s presumptive nominee, Donald J. Trump,” he said.

Karamo has not responded to requests for comment.

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