October 1, 2021
By Jon King / [email protected]
Nine months after announcing a second congressional candidacy, Mike Detmer confirmed he was aiming for a lower office.
Detmer of Howell, who announced in January that he was once again trying to win the Republican nomination for the 8th District congressional race, changed the name of his Facebook page to read “Mike Detmer for State Senate “and posted a statement that read, in part,” I let the cat out of the bag in a few key circles over the past week of what I plan to announce this Saturday, adding that “the response has been overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic… except by a number here in Livingston County. The battle lines are drawn and the long knives are out.
When contacted by WHMI if he plans to seek the Republican nomination for the 22nd state Senate district, Detmer confirmed that would be the case and would formalize the announcement at 2 p.m. on Saturday outside the Palace of Livingston County Justice.
The 22nd district is currently represented by Republican Lana Theis of the canton of Brighton. Following his election in 2018, Theis is eligible for a further four-year term. A request for comment has been made to Theis’ office but has not yet been returned.
In his Facebook post, Detmer says, “For the few people who are mad at what’s coming up, I just want you to know… it’s not personal. But we the people have politely encouraged you to do the right things. You have been politely warned. You ignored us. And now … well, you’ve got a fight on your hands.
This is not the first time that Detmer has changed breed. He initially announced in January 2019 that he was seeking the GOP nomination for the 47th State House Race, but later moved on instead to run for the 8th GOP District nomination which he lost. in the primary against Paul Junge, then of Brighton. Junge then lost to Elissa Slotkin in the general election.
When asked on Facebook why he no longer plans to run against 8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin, Detmer said he was unsure of where Slotkin would run, an apparent reference to the ongoing redistribution process that will redraw the legislative boundaries of the state. In fact, this same process is likely to change the contours of the district that will eventually represent Livingston County.
Detmer made headlines in April 2020 when he posted a selfie of himself with supporters, including a member of the controversial right-wing extremist group Proud Boys. Although he initially claimed he was photo-bombed, Detmer later said he had a “big talk” with Proud Boys founder Enrique Tarrio, then posted the group’s principles on his. Facebook page.
He has also been a constant promoter of disproved theories questioning the legitimacy of the 2020 election. This question represents an area of divergence between Detmer and Theis. Earlier this year, the Republican-controlled Michigan Senate Oversight Committee, to which Theis belongs, published a report on the election who concluded that “citizens must be convinced that the results represent the true results of the votes cast by the people of Michigan” while strongly urging “citizens to use a critical eye and ear towards those who have overtly pushed theories false for their own personal gain ”.