Gov. Gretchen Whitmer launched her “Combat Like Hell” federal political motion committee (PAC) on Monday, repackaging a phrase she used final yr in her advocacy for protecting abortion rights.
Whitmer, who co-chairs the 2024 President Joe Biden/Vice President Kamala Harris reelection marketing campaign, mentioned she’s going to increase cash for Democratic candidates who’re “unapologetic of their battle for working folks and their fundamental freedoms” heading into the 2024 election.
“I’ve been combating like hell for working folks and fundamental freedoms in Michigan my complete life, however this can be a second the place our battle should stretch past Michigan and attain the whole nation,” mentioned Whitmer in a video announcement. “And that’s why we’re beginning Combat Like Hell PAC to deliver Michigan’s battle for fundamental freedoms to our supporters’ backyards throughout the whole nation. We are going to battle like hell for Democrats to carry the White Home in 2024. We are going to battle like hell for Democrats to carry Michigan’s seat within the U.S. Senate in 2024 and we’ll battle like hell for each candidate who shares our values and we’ll battle like hell for each single vote.”
The PAC’s fundraising web site notes that Michigan will likely be a important battleground state within the 2024 election.
“This motion is devoted to constructing on Governor Whitmer’s success in our state by supporting candidates who’re combating for on a regular basis Individuals,” states the web site. “We all know the MAGA extremists are lifeless set on undermining the progress we’ve created in Michigan. We can not allow them to undo every part we’ve completed collectively.”
Thought of a rising star within the Democratic Social gathering and a probable future presidential contender, Whitmer was amongst these into account to be Biden’s 2020 working mate earlier than he chosen Harris. Her staunch advocacy for abortion rights helped her win reelection by greater than 10 factors, whereas Democrats run the desk final November, successful management of the Legislature for the primary time in 40 years.
The press launch says the Combat Like Hell PAC will permit Whitmer to make use of her “huge small donor community” to fundraise for Democratic candidates up and down the poll.
Whereas the PAC is structured in order that the cash it raises can’t be spent on a federal race the place Whitmer is the candidate, it might present funds for Whitmer’s sister, Liz Whitmer Gereghty, who’s working for Congress in New York.