Nessel goes online to announce his candidacy for re-election

With little fanfare and even less surprise, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced she would seek a second term.

She made the announcement on Friday via an announcement posted online and signaled that reproductive rights will be at the heart of her re-election campaign.

“As your attorney general, I will keep politicians out of your room,” she said.

Nessel took aim at three potential GOP candidates who said a U.S. Supreme Court decision guaranteeing access to birth control is a matter that should be left to the states. None said they actually opposed women’s access to birth control.

The campaign launch also coincides with the US Supreme Court considering a case that could overturn or erode the Roe v. Wade decision that guarantees abortion rights.

Michigan has a legal ban on abortion that would be reinstated if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade.

Michigan Democrats will hold an endorsement convention next month to give preliminary approval to a slate of candidates for the statewide ballot. Nessel and outgoing Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson are expected to get the go-ahead for the renomination. The official nominating convention will take place in August.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer will have to be reappointed in the primary elections in August. Republicans will also choose a gubernatorial candidate in the August primary before a nominating convention to choose the rest of the statewide GOP slate.

Former House Speaker and 2018 GOP nominee Tom Leonard, State Rep. Ryan Berman and attorney Matt DePerno are all actively seeking the Republican attorney general’s nomination.

A Michigan Republican Party statement suggests the GOP plans to make an issue of COVID-19 restrictions.

“Dana Nessel has spent most of her tenure as Attorney General persecuting Michiganders and dividing our families,” Michigan Republican Communications Director Gustavo Portela said. “We can’t wait to send it out this fall with Gretchen Whitmer and Jocelyn Benson.”

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