Dixon Holds Freedom Rally at Gaylord’s Iron Pig Smokehouse
Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon was in northern Michigan highlighting the impact of COVID restrictions on small business, which were put in place by her opponent, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and her administration.
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state health department was forcing businesses like restaurants to close. Not everybody complied, like the Iron Pig Smokehouse in Gaylord. They were one of the most defiant, most outspoken critics to the decisions. So when Dixon was looking for a place to host, her rally in the area, this was the place.
“They are going to get back on track from a crisis that was caused by her policies, not a virus, by her policies,” said Dixon to the crowd.
This week Dixon is focusing on small business, specifically the impact of COVID-19 restrictions, the ones Tuesday’s host made headlines and punished for defying.
“We are so fortunate for those who did it,” said Dixon, “I want them to know we’ve got their back.”
Hundreds, if not thousands, of businesses failed during the pandemic while countless others are still recovering. Dixon spoke to the 200 people in attendance saying that wouldn’t happen in her administration.
“I think it’s about trust. I think it’s about looking at your state and saying I want to be here because I have a state government that trusts me,” said Dixon, “I trust them and we can move forward together and that’s the message we want to bring. We want to be a trusted partner to small business and that’s what the Iron Pig was looking for the whole time.”
It’s a message that reverberated with the crowd on hand but has not reflected in recent polling, showing a double digit Dixon deficit.
“We believe we are much closer,” said Dixon, “And that’s why you see Whitmer still spending $2.5 million every week and saying the race is very close.”
The poll that ultimately counts is the one on Nov. 8, exactly five weeks away.
“When I see these crazy polls, and I look out at this room,” Dixon said, “I think those silent Republicans will be silent no more.”