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Political newcomer prompts big spending in Macomb’s GOP U.S. House primary

A Sunday dinner with family gathered around the table helped launch Republican Lisa McClain’s unexpected campaign for the U.S. House in a Metro Detroit district.

McClain, a businesswoman from Bruce Township, is a self-described “100%” supporter of President Donald Trump and “political junkie” who had never run for office before. Over dinner in early October, she and her family were griping about politics when her daughter, Ryan, 17, asked a question.

“My youngest looked at me and said, ‘Well, mom, if you don’t like it, why don’t you get in there and do something about it?’” McClain recalled. Lisa McClain is a businesswoman and newcomer to politics who is competing for the GOP nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell, who decided against running for reelection, in Congress. She is seen at her desk in her Bruce Township home on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Photo: Max Ortiz, The Detroit News) Ten months later, the 54-year-old businesswoman’s unanticipated foray into politics has sparked Michigan’s most expensive congressional primary of the year as she and two other major candidates wage a battle over the airwaves. The fight is in the 10th Congressional District, a Republican-leaning area that spans a portion of northern Macomb […]

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