LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The Tea Party says it wants to take over the Michigan Republican Party. The Tea Party wing of the state GOP believes it is poised to takeover the party from the "old guard" or "establishment" wing of the party.
Stu Sandler, a GOP consultant, says he doesn't think there's a fight between parties going on. But tell that to Tea Party Leader Todd Courser who believes there is a separation from the "old guard," and he says tea party members are ready.
I think what's happening is that, they themselves have become more courageous and confident that they can takeover over the party," said Courser. "There's been an effort to change out the party leadership and it's not limited to the party chair. The discussion I've had, we've also looked at county chairs, district situations where the establishment controls and all the way down to precinct delegate."
Courser did come within 85 votes of unseating the current state GOP chair, Bobby Schostak. It wasn't until the governor and others got into the battle that Schostak defeated him.
Sandler works for Schostak and doesnt like the term takeover. "I think the word takeover blows it out of proporition. I'm not sure that people necessarily want to take over the party.
"Part of it is for their own ego," said Sandler. "Some are putting themselves before the candidates and the party they should be working for."
The Senate Democratic Leader, Gretchen Whitmer, has called this back and forth a civil war within the state GOP.
Courser calls it intense fellowship.
And Sandler concludes, "I dont think there'a a fight per se."
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