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Rep. Matt Maddock booted from House GOP caucus

By: - April 27, 2022 2:53 pm

State Rep. Matt Maddock attends a right-wing rally at the state Capitol, Feb. 8, 2022 | Laina G. Stebbins

State Rep. Matt Maddock (R-Milford) has been removed from the House GOP caucus, the Advance has confirmed.

“As to the reason, the caucus doesn’t discuss internal issues,” said Gideon D’Assandro, spokesperson for House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) on Wednesday.

There have been reports that Maddock shared details from confidential caucus meetings. Maddock’s page on the House GOP website has been stripped down and is no longer active.

Maddock’s removal Tuesday comes after he and his wife, Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock, were front and center at the party’s early endorsement convention in Grand Rapids over the weekend.

Michigan GOP Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock and Rep. Matt Maddock at the Michigan Republican Party Endorsement Convention, April 23, 2022 | Allison R. Donahue

Rep. Maddock is vying to replace the term-limited Wentworth as speaker, and has the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. State Rep. Matt Hall (R-Marshall), who ran the House Oversight Committee hearing in December 2020 where Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and others aired unfounded election conspiracies, also is running for the post.

Maddock did not return a request for comment.

Removals from the GOP caucus are rare. The last GOP member to be kicked out was former state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg), who was indicted on three corruption charges in 2019 but was eventually acquitted in December that year.

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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).

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