Mr Chatfield also did not acknowledge Mr Biden’s victory, although he expressed his commitment to heed the results of the popular vote. “Nothing is more important than integrity in our electoral system,” he wrote in a November 6 tweet. “Every legal vote must be counted. Because this is America and this is what we do! And let me be very clear: whoever gets the most votes will win Michigan! Period. End of the story. Then we move on.
Mr. Shirkey and Mr. Chatfield declined to comment. Their aides said they were strictly ordered by the White House not to speak to the press.
However, in a tweet on Friday, Mr Chatfield wrote: “It doesn’t matter which party you have, when you have the opportunity to meet the President of the United States, of course you get it. I won’t apologize. In fact, I am honored to speak with POTUS and proud to meet him. And I look forward to our conversation. “
Both men have strong pro-Trump conservative backgrounds, although they come from different corners of the Republican Party.
Mr. Shirkey, 65, is a businessman who worked for General Motors for 13 years before starting his own manufacturing business near his hometown of Clarklake, west of Detroit. He served six years in the State Senate after serving four years in State House.
Mr Chatfield, 32, was raised by a Baptist minister, attended Christian college and received a master’s degree in public policy from Liberty University, the evangelical Christian university in Lynchburg, Va., Founded by Jerry Falwell. He then returned to his hometown of Levering, northern Michigan, where he taught at a private Christian high school before winning the State House election in 2014.
Although both expressed strong support for the president during the campaign, Mr Chatfield was a more visible substitute, appearing at several campaign rallies, including one in October in Muskegon, where he warmed up the crowd before the president arrived. .