“I am not running for governor,” DeVos told The Detroit News. “It’s not going to be me. I appreciate that some folks are interested in that, but I think the rumor and interest really only serves to highlight how desperate Michiganders are for new leadership.”
DeVos’s advisers added that the former state party chairwoman never considered challenging Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerSuspects in Whitmer kidnap plot discussed attacking Ohio governor, prosecutors say Betsy DeVos not running for Michigan governor The governor who wouldn’t let parents manage even a tiny portion of federal COVID aid MORE (D), The Associated Press reported.
DeVos forged strong ties with former President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense: Afghan flights restart as Biden vows to complete evacuation Trump says he ‘single-handedly’ picked Alabama for Space Command, contradicting Pentagon Overnight Health Care: Battle over masks in Florida escalates as two school districts given 48 hours to comply MORE while she was Education secretary, but left her position one day after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
“There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me,” she wrote to the former president in her resignation letter at the time.
Still, her distancing from Trump has done little to win over Democrats.
DeVos’s absence in the governor’s race does not necessarily mean Whitmer will be on a glide path to reelection. Retired Detroit police chief James Craig recently announced his candidacy.