A manufacturing executive little-known in his last two years as the majority leader of Michigan’s Republican-controlled Senate finds himself in the midst of President Trump’s plan to overturn the election.
On Thursday, Mr Trump invited State Senator Mike Shirkey to the White House with other Republican lawmakers – at a time when he appears to be pressing officials to reverse President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. the state by appointing new voters.
Mr Trump could have a tough sell during the meeting, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, and also include Michigan House Republican President Lee Chatfield.
Mr. Shirkey has pledged to lead a legislative inquiry into “numerous allegations” of electoral irregularities. But he was reluctant to overrule the results and publicly questioned the president for not accepting official accounting that shows Mr Biden a lead of more than 155,000 votes.
Any attempt to persuade state lawmakers to change the election result in favor of Mr. Trump will “not happen,” he told the nonprofit Bridge Michigan on Tuesday ahead of the dramatic 24 Hours of Going. -and-comes from a county council responsible for certifying the vote in Detroit.
“We will follow the law and follow the process,” said Mr. Shirkey, who supported Ben Carson in the 2016 Republican primary but supported Mr. Trump in the general election. “I think there are reasons to go slowly and deliberately.”
Mr. Shirkey added that he did not expect the Trump campaign legal challenges “to ultimately change the election results.”
He did not respond to requests for comment and the White House did not explain why he was summoned.
As a Republican leader in his state, Mr Shirkey has attempted to maintain political balance, opposing the efforts of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, to shut down businesses and schools to fight the pandemic – while resisting efforts to remove her.
Before being elected to the Senate in 2015, Mr. Shirkey served four years in the Michigan House of Representatives, worked for General Motors, and founded Orbitform, which produces prototypes for manufacturers in the downstate.
He will be forced to retire under the State Term Limitation Act on January 1, 2023.
In his interview with Bridge Michigan, Mr. Shirkey went further than most Republicans in accepting Mr. Biden’s victory, urging Mr. Trump to start easing the transition.
“I think it is inappropriate for the Trump administration not to start sharing information,” he said.
Mr. Chatfield was more equivocal, Tweeter on November 6, that every “legal vote must be counted” and that “whoever gets the most votes will win Michigan!” Period. End of the story. Then we move on.