“I feel terrible about the lives lost, but at some point we have to say ‘Mission accomplished’ and come up with the next phase of this that doesn’t have us continuously locked inside our homes,” said Matthew Seely of the Michigan Conservative Coalition, which organized the protests.
Michigan has been one of the states hit hardest by the virus, with more than 30,000 confirmed cases and over 2,200 deaths.
State incorporation records show the nonprofit coalition also goes by another name: Michigan Trump Republicans. The group’s president, Rosanne Ponkowski, identified herself as a homemaker last year in federal campaign finance records. But the group’s other directors are longtime GOP insiders, according to state records. They include Marian Sheridan, the state Republican Party’s vice chair of “grass roots” efforts.
Sheridan has “worked in Michigan grass roots for the last 10 years” and started her political career as a tea party leader and organizer, according to the state GOP’s website.