- Michigan GOP candidate Tudor Dixon criticized rival Gretchen Whitmer for helping families.
- “This state – we don’t have the governor’s support for families,” Dixon said at a Friday rally.
- Dixon said the incumbent governor’s “dream for women” is to have “single women working.”
Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon on Friday accused Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer of not providing support to families in the state, arguing that the governor preferred “single working women” who lead “rather lonely lives.”
Dixon – a first-time political candidate trying to deny Whitmer a second term – was speaking to the participants of the gathering in suburban Detroit on families and criticized the governor for what he said was his lack of attention to families who don’t “look exactly what he wants.”
“Families look different. They are the ones who tell you this regularly, but apparently they are refusing to see a dynamic here,” he told the crowd in St. Clair Shores, a city of electoral importance in Macomb County.
She continued, “A lot of people want to have a family. This state – we don’t have the governor’s support for families – unless they look exactly like she wants. And you know what it’s like these days? It looks like single moms – no, not. Single moms. Single working women. This is, like, her dream for women. Single working women. Last time I checked, it was a pretty lonely life. “
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Dixon, who was backed by former President Donald Trump, said her remarks on families referred to Whitmer’s refusal of funding for anti-abortion causes in the state 2023 budget.
The Republican later told the Iosco County News-Herald in an interview that Whitmer’s veto on financial support for the initiatives was “twisted.”
“I was referring to his removal of funds for pregnant women who need safe housing. Why should you do this for our parents who need a safety net? Why would he say he will remove funds for those women? I think it is rather convoluted, Dixon told the paper.
Dixon made her anti-abortion stance a central part of her campaign, while Whitmer leaned on her support for abortion rights, especially among moderate and independent voters who disagreed with the Supreme Court’s decision. overturn Roe v. Wade earlier this year.
Whitmer expressed his support for Proposition 3, an amendment to the ballot that, if successful, would enshrine a constitutional right to reproductive freedom in the Michigan Constitution and prevent a 1931 law criminalizing abortion from entering into force.