By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press
LANSING, Michigan (AP) – Former legislative leader Tom Leonard announced his candidacy for Michigan attorney general on Friday, again seeking the Republican nomination he won in 2018 before losing to Democrat Dana Nessel in general elections.
Leonard, a lawyer for DeWitt, is the third candidate to enter the GOP arena. Republicans will later approve and officially choose their candidate at next year’s conventions.
Leonard’s announcement coincided with the start of Mackinac’s biennial three-day Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island. It came about a week after former President Donald Trump endorsed attorney Matthew DePerno, who filed a complaint falsely alleging electoral fraud in County Antrim and criticized GOP lawmakers for not pursuing additional audits in the state, which Trump lost.
âI served alongside the police. I have worked with victims of crime and their families. I know what it takes to get the job done and keep people safe, “Leonard said in a statement accusing Nessel of failing to defend the police and using the office for” political activism. “.
Leonard, whom Trump appointed in 2019 as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan, has never been confirmed due to objections from the two Michigan Democratic senators.
He lost to Nessel by 2.8 percentage points, but fared better than other leading Republicans. He remained active in GOP politics, as state party finance chairman.
In response to the announcement, Nessel’s re-election campaign touted his work, including expanding the consumer protection division, securing more than $ 800 million from the pharmaceutical industry for the deadly crisis. opioids and the lawsuit against the makers of the âforever chemicalsâ known as PFAS. Nessel tweeted that Leonard spent Thursday “flirting with billionaires he worked so hard to represent throughout his career” while she was in Detroit hosting an event where people who don’t have them. ways to afford a lawyer can get help clearing their criminal records.
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