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Archive for June 16th, 2022

Michigan Gubernatorial Candidate Who Was Arrested by FBI Gets Boost in Primary Race

Gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley

By Steve Neavling

The Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate who was arrested by the FBI for his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol is now leading the primary race, according to a new poll.

The EPIC-MRA of Lansing survey found that 17% of likely voters said Kelley was their preferred candidate for the August primary, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Chiropractor Garrett Soldano placed second at 13%. 

About 45% of those polled were still undecided. 

The winner of the primary will face Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat. 

Ryan Kelley faces four misdemeanor counts of knowingly entering or remaining in restricting buildings or grounds without lawful authority, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, knowingly engaging in an act of physical violence against person or property in a restricted building or grounds, and willfully injuring or committing depredation against any property in the U.S. 

Kelley is accused of joining the mob that stormed the Capitol and climbed scaffolding outside the building. 

Kelley, who sells real estate, is among five candidates on the Republican primary ballot for governor. 

He built his reputation on the far right by organizing an armed protest against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 restrictions at the state Capitol in 2020. He’s also called for the arrest of Democratic officials in Michigan, citing baseless conspiracy theories. 

DOJ Files Hate Crime Charges Against Racist Buffalo Mass Shooter

By Steve Neavling

The Justice Department on Wednesday filed hate crime charges against the 18-year-old white gunman who killed 10 Black people in a mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket in May. 

Payton Gendron faces 26 counts of hate crimes and firearms offenses, The New York Times reports

The charges were announced on the same day that Attorney General Merrick Garland visited Buffalo. 

“No one in this country should have to live in fear that they will go to work or shop at a grocery store and will be attacked by someone who hates them because of the color of their skin,” Garland said. 

The complaint alleges Gendron’s “motive for the mass shooting was to prevent Black people from replacing white people and eliminating the white race, and to inspire others to commit similar attacks.”