LANSING, Mich., July 20, 2021 — Following the Michigan Senate Oversight Committee’s report that Michigan’s 2020 presidential election was free and fair, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) emphasized the need to be “unflinchingly honest” with voters about the validity of the election results.
“Sometimes in a leadership role you have to make sure you’re telling the truth even if it’s uncomfortable,” Shirkey said. “We are going to unflinchingly be honest with people and I’m not going to move from that position.”
House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township) applauded his forthright comments.
“Sen. Shirkey’s willingness to value truth above party politics as it relates to the events surrounding the 2020 presidential election is exactly what our state, and our country, need to continue the healing process,” Lasinski said. “In that spirit, I welcome him to the table as we seek to create a bipartisan committee to take a hard look at the mounting evidence of Michigan’s ties to the Jan. 6 insurrection at our nation’s Capitol. Sen. Shirkey mentioned the need for leaders to face ‘the truth, even if it’s uncomfortable.’ Some uncomfortable truths have surfaced regarding that dark day in D.C., and it is my sincere hope that we can face them together.”
Lasinski recently introduced House Concurrent Resolution 10 to create a bipartisan joint select committee to investigate Michigan’s ties to the insurrection, including the armed mob that entered the state Capitol and the presenting of false electors. The proposed committee would be composed of 12 members of the Legislature – six Senators and six Representatives, which must include an even number of Democrats and Republicans from each chamber.