Millionaire businessman and Republican Kevin Renke officially launched his campaign for Michigan governor on Monday, pledging to spend at least $10 million of his own money.
Rinke joins a crowded arena of Republicans vying for a chance to take on Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer in the 2022 general election.
Like many of the Republicans in the race, Rink exploited the anger and paranoia that pervaded the Republican Party, declaring that “the American dream is under attack.”
The problems are painfully clear: an authoritarian government ruled by professional politicians; closing small businesses across the state; Voting irregularities that threaten the integrity of our elections. Critical race theory that indoctrinates our children, does not educate them; Rinke said in a statement.
Reinke also announced the “purchase of a statewide 6-digit ad on broadcast, digital and cable systems across Michigan,” giving him a financial advantage over his Republican rivals.
in a One of the adsRinke compares the Whitmer and the Democrats to the Yugo, a poorly built car from the former communist country of Yugoslavia. Yugo calls “a junk pile” like “the terrible socialist system that came from.” He said his drive is like a 1969 GTO, a classic muscle car.
Rinke will need all the help he can get. Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig is the Republican front-runner in the race. As of early October, Craig had Raised over $1.4 million.
Whitmer raised $3.1 million in the last quarter of the campaign and had $12.6 million on hand in early October. During the entire election cycle, Whitmer received more than $17 million in donations and spent about $4.4 million.
Ten other Republicans have formed candidate committees in potential bids to run against Whitmer. Garrett Soldano, the Kalamazoo chiropractor who built his name in opposition to Whitmer’s COVID-19 restrictions, is leading the field of lesser-known Republican candidates in fundraising. In the last cycle, he raised $496,000.
Rinke, from the town of Bloomfield, hails from an automobile family and former owner of the Rinke Automative Group.
“Only in America are countless families like mine who have the opportunity to realize the American dream,” Rink said. “My grandfather started one of the first GM franchises here in Michigan over 100 years ago. I started the family business down there – cleaning trash, cleaning bathrooms and washing cars. At 26 years old, I took the helm and helped build and grow our company into one of the most successful automobile groups. in the country “.
Rink portrays himself as a “political outsider”, and in September announced that he would not attend the Mackinac Policy Conference.
“Republican voters want an outsider who doesn’t tolerate politics as usual, and that’s exactly what I plan to give them,” he said at the time.