Skubick: Leadership shuffle under State Capitol dome

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Republicans in the Michigan House were feeling the thrill of victory and the Democrats were feeling the agony of defeat as that party failed to take back control of the Michigan House.

The Democrats had hopes of picking up nine seats.

They didn’t even come close.

The Democrats were hoping that Donald Trump would be a drag on the ticket and cost some Republican House members their seats.

Turns out that never happened.

Republican election chair Rep. Aric Nesbitt explains “no, we had strong enough candidates in all the seats across the board.”

The first political casualty of yesterday’s voting was current House Democratic leader Tim Greimel, who is congratulating the House Speaker for his victory yesterday.

Mr. Greimel says he is exhausted from traveling all over the state and has nothing to show for it.

He’s failed two times to deliver the House to his party and he is stepping down to piece his personal life back together.

“I’ve poured my heart and soul into the position of Minority Leader for four years and I am looking to move on and do other things,” said Rep. Greimel. “I also want to make sure that we have a smooth transition to a new caucus leadership team.”

With Mr. Greimel stepping aside, House Democrats are in the market for a new leader.

East Lansing representative Sam Singh is in the hunt but he is not alone. “I feel I’ve got a track record I can run on and if that’s what the caucus wants I can provide that you know right now,” said Singh. “As Democrats we have a vision of where we need to take our party as well as to where we need to this our caucus and I think whoever is our leader we will come out together unified.”

Meanwhile in the House Republican caucus, DeWitt Rep. Tom Leonard is poised to become the new House Speaker.

He’s set to be elected tomorrow.

The vote to replace Mr. Greimel has not been officially scheduled.

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