Businessman Kevin Rinke Launches Campaign For Michigan Governor – CBS Detroit
LANSING, Michigan (AP) – Former Detroit auto dealership owner Kevin Rinke launched his campaign for Michigan governor on Monday with TV and digital ads promoting himself as a conservative outsider and criticizing Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Rinke said he was ready to spend millions of his own money on the 2022 GOP primaries, the winners of which will run against the Democratic governor’s first term.
He headed the Rinke Automotive Group, which was founded by his family before later heading a traumatic brain injury center and healthcare company and becoming a private investor.
In a statement, Rinke said voters “want a leader to put an end to Governor Whitmer’s attack on our values and the way we live.”
Rinke, who previously formed a committee to consider an offer, is the 11th Republican in a field that includes former Detroit police chief James Craig, chiropractor Garrett Soldano, and former conservative online news anchor Tudor Dixon.
Michigan Democratic Party spokeswoman Rodericka Applewhaite said Rinke’s entry into the race is throwing the “overcrowded extremist primary area into more chaos. Rinke’s millions will not save him from being held accountable by Michiganders on issues such as infrastructure and the criminalization of abortion, which must be addressed to put our working families first. “
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