GOP candidate holding pro-Trump rally with Corey Lewandowski in Grand Rapids

    President Donald J. Trump, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at the InterContinental New York Barclay in New York City. | Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr Public Domain

    Joel Langlois, a GOP congressional candidate, on Tuesday announced he’s holding a rally to support President Donald Trump in Grand Rapids. The event will feature Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager who is flirting with a U.S. Senate run in New Hampshire next year.

    Joel Langlois | Campaign photo

    The Dec. 5 event is scheduled at 7 p.m. at the DeltaPlex, which Langlois owns. Trump held an event there in 2016.

    “I’m hosting a rally at The DeltaPlex to send a message that Michigan has President Trump’s back,” Langlois said.

    He’s running for the 3rd Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.). Amash has said he’s running for reelection next year as an independent. Other GOP candidates include: businessman and veteran Peter Meijer, state Rep. Jim Lower (R-Greenville) and state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis (R-Grand Rapids Twp.). Democrats include: immigration attorney Hillary Scholten and former President Obama White House counsel Nick Colvin.

    Lewandowski was caught on tape grabbing a female reporter during the 2016 campaign. He’s one of many Trump surrogates to come to Michigan this year, including Diamond & Silk, former senior adviser Steve Bannon, Charlie Kirk, Candace Owens, Katrina Pierson, former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke.

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    Trump has not campaigned in the state since his March rally in Grand Rapids.

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.