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Hillary Scholten flipped several Republican-leaning areas blue in West Michigan congressional race

MLive

November 18, 2022

“Sellek said Scholten defeated Gibbs because she ran a “masterful campaign” & because demographics in Kent County are benefiting Democrats. “Sometimes we’re dependent on messaging & sometimes we’re dependent on the personality of the candidate. She had both going for her”

Gary Peters a Democratic for helping keep US Senate Majority

Detroit Free Press

November 17, 2022

"Other than his 5,200 vote loss for attorney general, Sen. Peters has shown a quietly effective ability to continue winning, even after being redistricted out of his seat in Congress," said Sellek, a Michigan-based Republican public relations consultant.”

John Sellek ~ WILS Morning Wake-Up

WILS 1320

November 16, 2022

John Sellek joined WILS 1320 Morning Wake Up to talk about the gap between now-majority #Michigan Democrats getting their policy agenda rolling vs. the GOP spending the next three months figuring out who it's chair will be

Muted Michigan GOP reaction to Trump's 3rd White House bid

The Detroit News

November 16, 2022

"While there will always be a Trump faction his brand is damaged & he knows that, which is why he is attempting to seize control of the primary process," Sellek said. "many are keeping their powder dry, waiting to see who else jumps in — something not guaranteed before last week"

Michigan Still Crucial for Trump Despite Midterm Losses

9 & 10 News

November 16, 2022

“Michigan is a swing state, no matter what we saw in the polls on Tuesday,” said Sellek, “It’s going to be fought over until it’s proven, in multiple elections in a row, that it can’t be fought over.”

Will MI Dems repeal Right to Work immediately?

WLNS

November 15, 2022

“The worst thing the Democrats could do when they take power and roll out bills in February is to put up bills like Right to Work, the kind of revenge legislation the Democrats have called it,” said Sellek.

Dixon, DePerno, other Republicans interested in Michigan GOP chair role

Fox 2 Detroit

November 14, 2022

"This is a huge opportunity for the GOP to start going in the right direction or completely implode. The Michigan Republicans are facing a massive crisis in leadership right now," consultant John Sellek said.

MI GOP Post Memo Placing Blame for Election Losses

9 & 10 News

November 11, 2022

“Those who win claim credit like the Democrats did yesterday,” said John Sellek, CEO of Harbor Strategic. “And the party who lost, like the Republicans, start to point fingers and start to plot who is in charge next.”

'My Main, Core Issue’: Abortion Was the Driving Force for Many Voters

New York Times

November 10, 2022

“If we were to pick just one issue that made the biggest difference here, by far it’s abortion,” said John Sellek, a Republican public relations consultant in Michigan. He called Tuesday the “worst day in the modern Michigan G.O.P. history.”

John Sellek ~ Guy Jordan Show

WJR

November 10, 2022

The fact of the matter is that the top of the ticket bombed.

How Democrats won in Michigan's most competitive U.S. House races

The Detroit News

November 9, 2022

"When she got into those skirmishes with Trump that he initiated, she generally came out on top. It turned her into a different figure," he said.

Democrats exceed midterm expectations

Michigan Radio

November 9, 2022

“Voters showed ad makers they can separate local candidates from President Biden.”

MIRS' 2022 General Election Analysis Webinar

MIRS

November 9, 2022

John Sellek of Habor Strategic Public Affairs and Adrian Hemond of Grassroots Midwest join MIRS' Publisher John Reurink and Editor Kyle Melinn to break down the historic results of Michigan's 2022 general election

Office Hours - What Happened?

OU Center for Civic Engagement

November 9, 2022

"DeSantis is peaking now. Ask Chris Christie how easy it is to hold on to that."

9 tips for watching Michigan’s election results like a political pro

MLive

November 8, 2022

“Detroit is the biggest bank of votes for Democrats,” said John Sellek, CEO of Harbor Strategic Public Affairs and a Republican communications strategist. “(Democrats) cannot afford to lose votes there in a close election.”

How and where to vote in Michigan on Election Day

Bridge Michigan

November 7, 2022

The Democratic incumbent had a major fundraising and advertising advantage over DePerno but has struggled to effectively remind voters of her accomplishments in Lansing, said Sellek, the Republican campaign veteran.

Michigan politicians do the surrogate shuffle as they scramble toward Election Day

Detroit Free Press

November 7, 2022

"It gives a general emotional boost to Democrats everywhere in Michigan. Because I think many of them look back on Obama now as sort of the last normal president. The last president who tries to charm you and actually succeeds at that," Sellek said.

Adrian Hemond & John Sellek ~ All Talk with Jordan and Dietz

WJR Detroit

November 4, 2022

John Sellek and Adrian Hemond debate the last fights of campaign 2022 with Kevin and Tom on @WJR

Tudor Dixon draws big crowds, energy in uphill push for Michigan governor

Bridge Michigan

November 4, 2022

"The debates "went a long way in proving at least to the donors and the media that Dixon was a viable candidate for governor," said Sellek. “it's affected the overall discussion that's made it more of an actual choice, instead of just being about Whitmer."

Michigan AG race: Nessel lead over DePerno grows, but is still very close

Detroit Free Press

November 4, 2022

"Sellek, who managed the successful 2014 reelection of former AG Schuette, said he thinks it's tough to predict a winner. "But if I was giving an advantage it would be illogical not to give her the advantage. So if she loses it's one of the biggest upsets in MI political history"

New districts put state Senate, controlled by Republicans since 1980s, in play

Crain's Detroit Business

November 4, 2022

"The Senate will be the closest race we have seen in at least 40 years and at this point may simply come down to how real the national independents' shift toward the GOP is," said Republican communications and political consultant John Sellek

Gretchen Whitmer’s final push: ‘Fundamental rights’ are at stake in Michigan

Bridge Michigan

November 3, 2022

"By most accounts, Whitmer has done almost everything she needed to do to try to survive this bad Democrat year," Sellek said. "It's possible that she will have achieved that and still lose, and that'll be because the national political environment just pulled too many people away from the Democratic Party."

Hotly contested Michigan races for Congress help shatter spending record

The Detroit News

November 3, 2022

"Democrats at the congressional level needed all that money to try to carve out a unique safe zone for themselves in a stormy year for Democrats," Sellek said.

What Exactly Will Proposal 3 Bring to Michigan?

9 & 10 News

November 1, 2022

“Voters don’t want to get suckered. They don’t like that and they might look at this the more they hear 40 laws may be removed,” said Sellek. “This might end up in the courts for a decade.”

Dixon pulls closer to Whitmer in polling, needs late surge

Crain's Detroit Business

November 1, 2022

"Sellek said Dixon is "peaking when she needed to peak to have a chance, but will need that national shift to the focus on inflation and crime that undercuts the ability of Whitmer to hold some of the independent voters who are feeling anxiety."

Proposal 2: What You Need to Know About Expanded Voting Rights

9 & 10 News

October 28, 2022

“Prop two has a lot of those side issues that are going on the public is never going to truly have the time to look at or understand,” said Sellek, “And because it’ll be in the Constitution, we really won’t be able to adjust it very easily going forward should something go haywire.”

Michigan Democrats keep big spending lead over Republicans, reports show

The Detroit News

October 28, 2022

"As a ticket of outsiders, Republicans always knew they’d be outspent this cycle but no one imagined to this historical extent," Sellek said. "

Elections expert: Farm Bureau members helping Dixon, Friends of Ag, cross Election Day finish line

Michigan Farm News

October 28, 2022

Sellek remarked that luck and timing in politics can be everything and right now, “Inflation is killing us all — it’s bubbling up in the headlines in a different way practically every day and that's causing a lot of independent and soft GOP voters who are looking the other way on the abortion issue, to start looking back at the GOP.”

Adrian Hemond & John Sellek ~ All Talk with Jordan and Dietz

WJR Detroit

October 28, 2022

Adrian & John join WJR to debate the big issues of the week in Michigan politics and government.

John Sellek ~ MBS with Michael Patrick Shiels

Michigan's Big Show

October 28, 2022

Michael Patrick and John talk about the crazy fundraising emails currently flooding our inboxes.

GOP’s Liz Cheney endorses Michigan Democrat Slotkin in a first

The Detroit News

October 27, 2022

"It is could provide a boost for Barrett in turnout and fundraising because of how much Congresswoman Cheney became enemy No. 1 in Trump world, whereas she is not as well known in the universe of undecided or independents who aren’t very attuned to politics who Rep. Slotkin is trying to bring into her camp," said Sellek

Whitmer Campaign Has 48 Paid Staff

MIRS

October 27, 2022

Sellek said he could see the larger campaign staff numbers becoming a more normal thing in future runs. “In part because the state finance system is broken and less valuable than it has ever been."

Survivors’, University attorneys spar over liability, fraud claims in summary disposition hearing

The Michigan Daily

October 27, 2022

“The thing that I’m not surprised about but most disappointed in is the University’s argument that they are not tied to Conforth’s actions even though they did know of prior assault (allegations) against him and even though they did issue a Last Chance agreement, which concedes that they did know that he was a dangerous character,”

John Sellek ~ The Guy Gordon Show

WJR 760 AM - Detroit

October 25, 2022

Guy and John talk about the 2nd and final debate of the Michigan race for governor.

Ethan's guilty plea on terrorism charge gives all 1,800 Oxford High School victims chance to address shooter

Fox 2 Detroit

October 25, 2022

“Among them was Andrea Jones' son, Griffen. He's now a senior at the high school and was in the hallway when the gunfire erupted, terrorizing the school and community. "It changes you it changes your life it’s never the same," Jones said. "It's terrorism on any level no matter how you look at it. Anyone in the building is a victim."

What is Proposal 1? Term Limit Reform and Financial Disclosure

9 & 10 News

October 25, 2022

“Michigan ranks last in transparency for public officials. We do that for federal officials. They already do have to fill out forms so this essentially just says, ‘why don’t we have our state officials match our federal officials?’” said John Sellek

Oxford community, parents react to new development in Oxford High School shooting case

Local 4: Click on Detroit

October 21, 2022

“My thoughts went to the facts, what is going to happen with the facts,” said Bourgeau. “We’ve been told by the school that we don’t need an investigation. The facts are going to come in the trial. If we don’t have a trial, then where do those facts go?”

Michigan attorney general race between Nessel, DePerno is state's closest contest

Detroit Free Press

October 19, 2022

“DePerno is absolutely benefitting from the fact that people don’t know who he is, personally. … The fact that his controversial background is not well known is helping him be a viable alternative to Nessel. Essentially, the election is a referendum on Nessel at this point,” Sellek said.

Judge rules not to limit which Oxford victims get info in school shooting case

Local 4: Click On Detroit

October 18, 2022

“It’s beyond frustrating,” Lori Bourgeau said. “I could understand if there were questionable things being told to us. But, honestly, the emails we’ve gotten are very basic. It seems as though their problem is that that’s being shared,” Lori Bourgeau said.

What to know from Michigan's first gubernatorial debate

AXIOS Detroit

October 17, 2022

"The strategy Whitmer's team employed was to continue her $40 million advertising campaign in person, staying positive, claiming competence and countering a poor Democratic year by aiming to be the safer choice for independent and soft Republican voters," Sellek says. "Whitmer seemed handcuffed by that strategy once Dixon began a flow of attacks from start to finish."

Kamala Harris campaigns with Gretchen Whitmer in potential 2028 preview

Los Angeles Times

October 15, 2022

Harris and Whitmer “have played well and supported each other,” said John Sellek, a Michigan-based Republican consultant who led Utah Sen. Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign in the state. “But I think Republicans feel it’s safe to say that if Biden didn’t run for reelection, or even if Biden serves a second term, that friendship will become secondary to pursuing the presidency.”

Governor Debate in Review

Gongwer

October 14, 2022

"This was not exactly the skilled political fighting Whitmer we are used to around Lansing. It appears she was trying to be the smiling, bipartisan — almost nonpartisan — problem solver from her TV ads who is acceptable to independents and lean Republicans in a bad Democrat year," Sellek said.

Macomb County: MacDonald, Klinefelt face off in 'very competitive' Senate seat

The Detroit News

October 14, 2022

“The Republicans start off at a disadvantage but they counter that with the fact that they have an incumbent senator who's been for four years making a name for himself in Macomb,” said Sellek.”

John Sellek ~ MBS with Michael Patrick Shiels

Michigan's Big Show

October 14, 2022

John Sellek joined Michael Patrick Shiels to break down the first debate of the governor's race and discuss their support of the LA Dodgers.

Many jabs but little blood drawn: takeaways from the first gubernatorial debate

MLive

October 14, 2022

“Sellek saw Dixon eek out a win in via “a thousand cuts. ‘Dixon took the fight to Whitmer and I’m not sure Team Whitmer was quite prepared for that. I think her plan was to stay above the fight and talk in the same positive tone as her ad campaign”

Five clashes that defined the first Whitmer-Dixon debate for governor

The Detroit News

October 13, 2022

"Whitmer stuck to her front-runner strategy, using bipartisanship, positivity and claiming the mantle of competence for an audience that has propelled her into a lead. She refused to fully engage on attacks and risk giving up the image her team has spent millions building on."

Michigan Senate: 12th District race could shake up Senate control

The Detroit News

October 13, 2022

"That's why Macomb is so vital because if the GOP were to win both of these, it could seal the deal for them to get to 20."

Debate Gibes Dixon Chance to Make Case

Gongwer

October 12, 2022

"Sellek also said Ms. Whitmer can't be too cautious or play for a tie. There's still a fairly large undecided vote in the public polls even with the most one-sided advertising campaign in Michigan gubernatorial campaign history, he said. If those voters have yet to make up their mind, there's something they are still waiting to hear, and this is Ms. Whitmer's chance to speak to them, he said."

What to expect from Michigan’s first gubernatorial debate on Thursday

MLive

October 12, 2022

“Just (Dixon’s) presence on stage on a statewide televised debate, where she carries herself in a gubernatorial way, and explains how she’s different than Whitmer — even without drawing blood, it’s gonna be a plus for Dixon,” said Sellek, the CEO of Harbor Strategic Public Affairs.

John Sellek ~ Focus Podcast: The First Debate

9 & 10 News

October 11, 2022

Strategist John Sellek talks with 9&10 News about the stakes of the debate, and state of the race.

Politcal Strategist Shares What to Expect From Governor Whitmer, Tudor Dixon Debates

9 & 10 News

October 10, 2022

“You’re not only going to be face to face with your opponent, but you’re going to be out there on the circus stage with everybody watching you from a 360 vantage and one misstep and you fall off the rope and hit the net,” John Sellek from Harbor Strategic said.

Whitmer and Dixon Prepare for First Debate This Week

9 & 10 News

October 10, 2022

“There’s lot about education and learning loss and what’s being taught in school and parental rights,” said Sellek, “What we continue to see in the polls, that’s most damaging to Democrats, is the economy.”

Poll: 42% of voters say Whitmer's COVID restrictions won't sway their vote this fall

The Detroit News

October 8, 2022

Republicans hitting at COVID restrictions are those trying to connect with people who were mad at Whitmer for the restrictions, people angry about their freedoms or economic failures, Sellek said.

Adrian Hemond and John Sellek ~ All Talk with Jordan and Dietz

WJR

October 7, 2022

Adrian Hemond, Partner and CEO at Grassroots Midwest and John Sellek, CEO of Harbor Strategic Public Relations talks with Kevin and tom about what the 3 big issues in Michigan politics this week as we head into the election.

Traditional GOP Donors Ditching Their Party’s Candidates In Michigan

The Daily Caller

October 7, 2022

Regardless, major GOP donors seem to have taken “a wait-and-see position” because Dixon has never held public office, a Republican consultant with Harbor Strategic Public Affairs, John Sellek

Big money donors shunning Tudor Dixon, Michigan Republican ticket

Bridge Michigan

October 6, 2022

“With Whitmer's huge financial advantages and strengthened poll numbers at the start of the general (election), many did not see a reason to jump in with their dollars.”

John Sellek ~ All Talk with Tom & Kevin

WJR

October 6, 2022

John Sellek talks about the bad economic news popping up daily & how President Biden's increased travel schedule is actually helping some Democrats by making clear most blame should be placed on him.

Crime spiked in Michigan under Whitmer. GOP blames her. Experts blame COVID

Bridge Michigan

October 5, 2022

“While inflation is hard and stressful, crime is scary,” Sellek said. “That’s fear. And that’s why I suspect we’ll start to hear more about it, because it could have more of an emotional impact on some people.”

'Crazy vs. normal': West Mich. U.S. House candidates campaign on other party's extremes

The Detroit News

October 4, 2022

"Thus far, she is running a masterful campaign" by positioning herself as "a full-throated moderate, bordering on being a soft Republican."

The Impact of a Trump Visit on Michigan Politics

9 & 10 News

October 3, 2022

“She’s part of a crew across the country that’s struggling despite the fact that they have the Trump endorsement,” said John Sellek

Democrat Hillary Scholten calls out ad claiming she ‘praised’ Grand Rapids rioters

MLive

October 2, 2022

“In this ad, it’s practically like she’s running as a Republican for county prosecutor,”

Tudor Dixon seeks a culture war in campaign against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

CNN

October 1, 2022

“The Dixon campaign is seeking to get its name ID up and MAGA base fully engaged to close the polling gap and that is what they hope to gain from a Trump rally in Macomb County,” said John Sellek

Many Michigan Republicans Don't Seem Very Into Their Nominee For Governor

HuffPost

October 1, 2022

“A Trump endorsement put an outsider over the top but then they started the general election without a funded and equipped campaign,” Sellek said.

Slotkin-Barrett race among most expensive U.S. House campaigns

The Detroit News

October 1, 2022

"Slotkin has essentially gone four years without serious opposition, but her ads’ heavy emphasis on retelling her own story indicates both the need to address new voters she didn’t represent before redistricting and the headwinds Democrats face everywhere," said Sellek

John Sellek ~ The Guy Gordon Show

WJR

September 29, 2022

"Her ads are addressing weaknesses like the economy, where she stands in front of cereal boxes saying she cares.'

Gretchen Whitmer touts economy. Michigan lost 82K jobs under her watch

Bridge Michigan

September 29, 2022

Sellek, the Republican consultant, said that voters may not hold the economy against Whitmer if they think she’s “doing the best she can” given huge outside factors like COVID and national inflation.

Whitmer, Dixon present voters with diverging visions for Michigan's schools

The Detroit News

September 29, 2022

"Whitmer's team has been working to solidify that weakness for months, knowing these attacks were coming but is only starting to take incoming fire recently as the Dixon campaign turns up the temperature with press conferences," Sellek said.

House Appropriations Chair resigns over spending bill, citing coming recession

WWMT-TV

September 28, 2022

"Wednesday's announcement sent shockwaves through Michigan's capitol city, including with longtime political strategist John Sellek, who tweeted "I cannot recall something like this ever happening during my time in Lansing."

Local control threat: The implications of mining fight

Downtown Publications

September 27, 2022

“Michigan's aggregates supply chain has been broken for years because of dark money-funded campaigns that scare local officials into inaction,” said Sellek. “Aggregates are the basic building blocks of all concrete and asphalt that people depend on every day of our lives. Unfortunately, they are only available where Mother Nature happened to deposit them.”

Slotkin leasing Lansing home from business executive, campaign donor

The Detroit News

September 23, 2022

John Sellek, a Republican public relations consultant, said voters don't really care where politicians live, but this "stings" because it's the first time Slotkin's personal judgment has been called into question after building her brand around being a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who specializes in dealing with details.

In Michigan, a Swing State, Gubernatorial Race Looks Like Lost Cause for GOP

New York Sun

September 23, 2022

"A GOP victory will depend on third party spending or a red wave,” a Michigan political communications consultant, John Sellek, told the Detroit Free Press.

Change 4 Oxford parent hopes answers are revealed after recent resignations from board

NBC 25 News

September 22, 2022

Andrea Jones has two students in the district, one at the high school and one at the middle school. She is hoping that these two board members will speak out on what they know.

This midterm season, the role of the debate has changed

NPR

September 22, 2022

John Sellek, a Republican strategist in Michigan, says the fact that mainstream media outlets are no longer as dominant as they once were lessens the shame that used to be a concern if a candidate skipped a debate. According to Sellek, "campaigns can directly target the voters they want all day, every day, due to technological advances and that's all that matters to them."

Michigan school board president resigns months after school shooting

Deltaplex News

September 16, 2022

A coalition of Oxford High School parents and students called #Change4Oxford applauded Donnelly’s decision, critiquing his lack of transparency in the aftermath of the shooting. The group also thanked Donnelly for “recognizing his limits and stepping down,” in a statement.

Oxford responds to school board resignation

The Oakland Press

September 15, 2022

"After 10 long months without answers, it is my hope that his replacement will take an active lead in beginning the healing process this community so desperately deserves,” said Oxford parent Andrea Jones.

Michigan school board president resigns months after school shooting

WSJM

September 15, 2022

“Donnelly’s resignation brings some relief to parents and students looking to improve communications, and secure policies that improve safety as well as accountability from our district,” said Andrea Jones, an Oxford parent.

Oxford School Board President resigns

Up North Live

September 14, 2022

"A group of parents and students from Oxford Community Schools, #Change4Oxford, responded to Donnelly's resignation.

Oxford Community Schools board president Donnelly resigns

The Detroit News

September 14, 2022

"Donnelly could have, Bourgeau said, insisted that qualified experts in school shootings were involved before reopening, not placed children back into the same classrooms and hallway, and stood up to the lawyers, who were only interested in protecting the administration"

'Bad idea': Republicans pan Lindsey Graham's 15-week abortion ban

NBC News

September 13, 2022

“Considering that the GOP nominee for governor is desperately trying to change the media discussion back to inflation, education and crime and the congressional committees are running ads in multiple districts hitting Democrats on spending, Graham’s actions are practically inexplicable politically,” Sellek said.

Michigan Republicans escalate LGBTQ attacks. Will voters embrace them?

Bridge Michigan

September 13, 2022

“Attacking Secretary Buttigieg in that way is not only wrong and hurtful, but it is damaging politically to winning independent votes Republicans need..."

Michigan Dems hope for boost from abortion ballot initiative

The Mining Gazette

September 11, 2022

“What (Republicans are) counting on is that the issue of abortion has reached its peak,” Sellek said. “They’re going to attack this initiative as a Trojan horse and try to peel off those people who aren’t comfortable with second-term abortions or eliminating parental consent.”

Abortion, voting rights ballot initiatives face deadline this week

The Detroit News

September 5, 2022

"Data collection on this issue is an electoral bonanza for Democrats as they seek to both excite and turnout a base that was not terribly motivated prior to the Dobbs leak,"

Campaign finance filings show Tudor Dixon’s campaign at ‘critical juncture’

MLive

September 2, 2022

“The Republicans were never going to match Gov. Whitmer’s fundraising,” he said. “It’s clear looking at today’s reports that the GOP is going to be dependent on the red wave actually happening or a third party entering Michigan.”

Tudor Dixon fails to boost finances off GOP primary win in governor's race

Detroit Free Press

September 1, 2022

"It's become clear that the GOP, which went from establishment heavy at the top of the ticket in 2018 to outsider, activist heavy this year, will depend on third party spending or a red wave," said John Sellek,

Attorney General Nessel won't debate DePerno, argues he's 'not a serious candidate'

The Detroit News

September 1, 2022

"In 1998, (Republican Gov.) John Engler refused to debate (Democrat) Geoffrey Fieger after Fieger hurled a large number of insults toward Engler and his children," Sellek said. "Yes, politics is a rough and tumble industry but even today, there is a resistance to negativity in the middle that may decide this election."

Bully Pulpit returns Sept. 19

Record Eagle

August 31, 2022

John Sellek, founder and CEO of Harbor Strategic Public Affairs, and Adrian Hemond, CEO of Grassroots Midwest, will lead the discussion of state and national politics.

Michigan Republicans in search of unity, momentum after raucous convention

Detroit Free Press

August 27, 2022

"Dixon has the ability to lead the ticket in that direction and the GOP is counting on it," said John Sellek

Hernandez Looks to Face Challenges at GOP Convention

9 & 10 News

August 25, 2022

“They will encourage folks supporting Shane Hernandez to make sure they’re not texting, not looking up at the ceiling, not reading a book, that when it’s time to vote the volume is overwhelming,” says Sellek.

Oxford parent: Families left ‘in the dark’ on school safety after shooting

Crain's Detroit Business

August 22, 2022

What I never foresaw was the lack of school accountability, transparency, and governmental oversight after that day, which left us in the dark about school safety even as the new school year begins. Eight months after the shootings, students and parents are still waiting for an unbiased, independent investigation. We need one, immediately.

Tudor Dixon picks ex-state Rep. Hernandez for running mate as Soldano considers challenge

Crain's Detroit Business

August 19, 2022

"The No. 1 goal of selecting a running mate is no unforced errors," said Sellek.

Tudor Dixon picks ex-state Rep. Shane Hernandez as running mate, but challenger may emerge

The Detroit News

August 19, 2022

"This appears to be a solid pick of someone both with a deep knowledge of the state budget and the GOP street cred of having come up from the grassroots of the party," Sellek said.

Experience, history: How Tudor Dixon’s pick for lieutenant governor could make or break her campaign

MLive

August 18, 2022

“A lieutenant governor can’t deliver a win, but they can deliver a loss,” he said. “So the most important thing here is to get the ball across the goal line without an unforced error.”

Some see 'disaster' looming for Michigan Republicans.

The Detroit News

August 18, 2022

"This is a side effect of the GOP's shift to outsider, activist candidates who are not self-funders," Sellek said.

Will Trump's endorsements be a boost to candidates come fall?

NPR

August 13, 2022

Democrats are counting on this to motivate a lot of votes to come their way. So they plan to use the abortion issue front and center to draw independent and soft Republican, especially females, on to the Dems' side.

MIRS' 2022 Primary Results Webinar.

MIRS

August 4, 2022

"Democrats will try to make the election about abortion as a way of energizing their base, but they may not succeed."

Dixon, Whitmer working out of different playbooks as gubernatorial race gets underway.

Detroit Free Press

August 4, 2022

"Democrats will try to make the election about abortion as a way of energizing their base, but they may not succeed."

“It’s going to be a rough ride,” Dixon-Whitmer Showdown Set for Governor’s Office.

9 & 10 News

August 3, 2022

“Governor Whitmer wants to be seen as her own candidate, and so does Tudor Dixon,” said Sellek, “I think we’ll see them try to do that and use Biden or Trump where it makes sense, and where it’s necessary.”

Tudor Dixon won over a divided Michigan GOP, but ousting Whitmer will be harder.

The Detroit News

August 3, 2022

Dixon was always the wild card in the GOP primary field, said John Sellek

How Meijer's Trump impeachment vote sealed his fate in west Michigan.

The Detroit News

August 3, 2022

"The Democrats are the ones that made the difference there," said John Sellek, CEO of Harbor Strategic Public Affairs and a longtime GOP public relations advisor. "Gibbs wasn't able to run a full-scale Congressional-level campaign because of the lack of funding that he had."

In Michigan Governor Race, Legal Missteps Hurt GOP Bid to Unseat Gretchen Whitmer.

The Wall Street Journal

July 29, 2022

“Some of these endorsements are for fundraising but are seen as toxic among the MAGA base,” said Sellek. “Because of the endorsements and the outside financing, right now, she would be primed to win the primary. But I think it’ll be very close.”

Judge delays Michigan minimum wage increase until at least February

Bridge Michigan

July 29, 2022

If Shapiro’s original ruling stands, it would invalidate the Raise the Wage proposal, which seeks to amend a law that would be repealed, Sellek argued.

Former president Donald Trump endorses Tudor Dixon for governor.

MLive

July 29, 2022

"But with so little time before the Aug. 2 primary, it might make the long-awaited endorsement less than the seismic shift in the race it could’ve otherwise been."

Endorsement watch: Trump drops hint in Michigan GOP governor’s race

The Detroit News

July 29, 2022

In a race where no candidate has been able to take a lead that outmatches the percentage of undecided voters in most polls, Trump's endorsement would represent "a seismic change to the race and ultimately is likely to decide the winner," said John Sellek

John Sellek ~ MBS with Michael Patrick Shiels

Michigan's Big Show

July 28, 2022

Harbor's John Sellek joins Michael Patrick Shiels on Michigan's Big Show to break down the last GOP Gubernatorial Debate and the race to the August Primary.

Michigan group turns in 610,000 signatures for $15 minimum wage ballot initiative.

Crain's Detroit Business

July 27, 2022

"You can't seek to alter laws that no longer exist, even in today's insane political environment," Sellek said.

Issues & Ale: Michigan’s Primary Election Preview

Michigan Radio

July 26, 2022

Harbor's John Sellek joins NPR's Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta to preview the primary election.

$15 minimum wage initiative submits 610k signatures for 2024 ballot

MLive

July 26, 2022

Sellek argues, however, the 2024 initiative would be moot if the adopt-and-amend overturning sticks, because, “You can’t seek to alter laws that no longer exist.”

John Sellek ~ All Talk with Tom & Kevin

WJR Detroit

July 26, 2022

John Sellek talks with Kevin and Tom about the House staffers that were arrested for protesting for climate change outside of Chuck Schumer's office.

Did Trump’s endorsement help Michigan House, Senate candidates? It’s to be determined.

MLive

July 25, 2022

“In a lot of races, we’ll have to hold our breath until election night to see if fundraising can protect a candidate against nothing else but a Trump endorsement,” Sellek said. “I would not be surprised to see an upset on election night because a Trump endorsement.”

Michigan GOP legislative races test incumbents, and Trump’s influence.

Bridge Michigan

July 22, 2022

In several races where there’s a competitive Republican primary, incumbents have done little to question their conservative bonafides, but are still spending a lot of money to defend their records, said John Sellek

Rinke Tops GOP Field in Money, But Whitmer Haul is Massive.

Gongwer

July 22, 2022

“The GOP faces a serious and perhaps deadly period in August as Whitmer can spend a half-million per week, while it's assured the DGA and related entities will firebomb the airwaves with negatives on the unknown GOP nominee as they struggle to raise funds,” said Sellek.

What did we learn in last night’s debate?

WILS - Lansing

July 21, 2022

“Judging by the non-stop attacks leveled at Tudor Dixon, it’s safe to say she has moved to the front of the field for now,” Sellek said.

New Poll Lays Out Gubernatorial Race With Two Weeks To Go

9 & 10 News

July 19, 2022

“The other campaigns know that a Trump endorsement comes, they could essentially be dead in the water,” said Sellek. “They are doing everything they can to sow seeds of doubt. Not only in the voters’ mind but, frankly, I think that ad from Rinke is meant for an audience of one, Donald Trump.”

Tudor Dixon holds slim lead, GOP race for Michigan governor 'complete toss-up,' poll shows

The Detroit News

July 18, 2022

"As the race closes, it's starting to follow the traditional pattern as whoever has the most money starts to move into the lead,"

John Sellek ~ All Talk with Tom & Kevin

WJR 760 AM - Detroit

July 14, 2022

John Sellek talks with Kevin and Tom about democrats distancing themselves from President Biden.

Whitmer launches first ad of campaign season, three weeks before GOP Primary

WWMT-TV

July 12, 2022

Ryan Kelley: Firebrand activist ‘100% unapologetic’ in Michigan governor bid

Bridge Michigan

July 11, 2022

Kelley has polled at or near the top of several recent surveys of the GOP primary field. His arrest appears to have helped him with Republican voters who believe "that government isn't just incompetent, it's corrupt,"

Kevin Rinke channels Trump’s business outsider label in MI governor’s race

Bridge Michigan

July 8, 2022

John Sellek ~ Paul W. Smith Show

WJR AM - Detroit

July 7, 2022

Kevin Rinke weighed leaving Michigan. Now he’s running for governor

The Detroit News

June 30, 2022

The candidate is "playing the long game," hoping to be an electable nominee who can talk about issues that matter to Trump supporters at the base of the GOP, said John Sellek, who has previously worked for Michigan Republicans and is CEO of the consulting firm Harbor Strategic Public Affairs.

John Sellek ~ All Talk With Jordan and Dietz

WJR AM - Detroit

June 15, 2022

Power of Trump’s Endorsements Dims in Governor Races

Wall Street Journal

May 25, 2022

It has been notable that Trump has yet to endorse a gubernatorial candidate yet, said Sellek.

Craig Mauger & John Sellek ~ The Guy Gordon Show

WJR Detroit

May 24, 2022

Detroit News state government reporter Craig Mauger and Harbor Strategic CEO John Sellek talk with Guy Gordon about the Bureau of Elections finding that James Craig and Perry Johnson didn't submit enough valid signatures to appear on the ballot for Republican nomination for governor.

GOP Gov Race Takes On New Look

Gongwer - Lansing

May 24, 2022

Sellek of Harbor Strategic Public Affairs said the removal of half of the candidates helped the Michigan Republican Party "hit the reset button on their primary." In that sense, he added, it was a "spectacular day" for Ms. Dixon.

Who finally knocked the GOP’s leading candidate out of first place?

FOX 2 Detroit

May 23, 2022

In the end, Craig beat himself. 

James Craig, Perry Johnson, 3 others ineligible for ballot, Bureau of Elections says

Detroit News

May 23, 2022

“The bureau's findings represented a "reset" for the Michigan GOP primary race for governor and would benefit other candidates in the race, said John Sellek, a political consultant and the leader of Harbor Strategic Public Affairs.”

John Sellek ~ The Guy Gordon Show

WJR Detroit

May 23, 2022

John Sellek, Founder and CEO of Harbor Strategic Public Affairs, talks with Guy Gordon about the DeVos family's endorsement of Tudor Dixon, and what's next for the GOP.

John Sellek ~ All Talk with Jordan and Dietz

WJR Detroit

May 23, 2022

"John Sellek talks with Kevin and Tom about the the number of republicans that would like the president impeached after the midterms. 

State elections report: James Craig and Perry Johnson filed too few signatures for ballot

Detroit Free Press

May 23, 2022

"The collapse of the James Craig campaign ... likely is the greatest in Michigan history," said John Sellek.

Mallory McMorrow's fiery speech brought in donations, but she wants real change

Detroit Free Press

May 23, 2022

"If you were following this polarizing issue, you probably already have a hero and villain assigned in this mess. Otherwise, especially for statewide suburban voters who swung from Trump to (President Joe) Biden but are again searching for stability and the best for their kids, it was another nasty political spat that keeps them off social media or from talking amongst friends for fear of a confrontation," Sellek said.

What do voters want? Fix inflation or impeachment?

All Talk - WJR AM Detroit

May 23, 2022

Kevin, Tom and John address the new UMass poll showing a majority of GOP voters would support a Biden impeachment but are more concerned about the economy. 

A Discussion on Michigan’s Public Policy Environment

A Key to the Inside Podcast

May 20, 2022

Inflation, Inflation, Inflation: The deciding factor in 2022 is the economy.

The Mother of All Election Cycles

What's with the Pineapple? Podcast

May 6, 2022

The Mother of All Election Cycles: In this Mother’s Day preview edition, we welcome Lansing insiders for an in-depth 2022 election preview & an equally important discussion on Detroit Pistons.

Massive forgery scheme’ claims rock Michigan elections, governor’s race

Bridge Michigan

May 6, 2022

“Should all three be disqualified, national donors “will see Michigan's GOP primary as a complete and total disaster, sending their dollars to other states until, and if, a strong Republican candidate emerges from the ashes later in the year,” said Sellek”

Challenging convention, James Craig eyes new path to governor's office

The Detroit News

May 3, 2022

“There is a sense the emperor has no clothes b/c I don't think we've ever seen someone be front-runner for a year yet struggle to run a campaign.’ If Craig doesn't win, it would mark ‘an epic collapse,” said Sellek.”

Can the Empire Strike Back in the GOP?

All Talk - WJR AM Detroit

April 29, 2022

John, Kevin and Tom talk about GOP donors’ effort to protect GOP majorities in the state legislature.

Opinion: GOP upheaval is about Maddocks, not Trump

Detroit Free Press

April 29, 2022

"The institution they are conducting care and feeding for is Trump," Sellek said. "Trump has laid out the terms on which supporters are judged, and they have been successful at building a relationship with him. They understood the assignment."

Meet the Republican candidate for governor who isn’t pro-Trump

MLIVE - Statewide

April 27, 2022

"Every one of the candidates and their campaigns have to assume that this will be a battle for a plurality, and perhaps one as low as the 30s (% range) or high 20s, ” said John Sellek, CEO of Harbor Strategic Public Affairs, a Republican public relations firm.

Michigan GOP's endorsed candidates could face an uphill battle, experts say

Detroit Free Press

April 26, 2022

"Sellek said that the GOP gathering marked "the official date that the Trump lane of the party became the establishment. So every step going forward between now and Election Day — losses or wins — is on them. They are the establishment."

Michigan governor candidates ‘can’t read Trump’s mind,’ but many think he will endorse them

MLIVE - Statewide

April 26, 2022

"They’re not judging themselves based on, ‘Do I have 30%? Do I have $1.5 million cash on hand?’” Sellek said. “They’re like, ‘I’m in the game and this is fun. And I get to wield some influence and I might actually have a base of support to do something fun with after this is over.’

Is a Red Wave in November a Sure Thing?

MIRS - Capitol

April 25, 2022

"When Whitmer’s pollster tells Politico 2022 is the worst Democratic environment he has seen in 30 years you get a sense of the fear currently gripping Democratic consultants and electeds.”

MIRS Monday Podcast

MIRS - Capitol

April 25, 2022

"SOS and AG are typically low-info flow races for voters, at least until September, so despite the Twitter bubble that you, Elon MUSK and I live in, the general public doesn’t know anything about DePerno or Karamo, and not much more about Nessel and Benson.”

Michigan AG Race to be Decided Saturday

Gongwer - Capitol

April 22, 2022

"The last minute Trump teletownhall and visits by MAGA surrogates indicate the possibility of a close race and one that will be fought until the voting is complete.”

Michigan GOP convention to test Trump's influence among some of the party's most active members

CBS News - National

April 22, 2022

"It's a huge milestone for the Michigan GOP, but it's most definitely a milestone for Trump because he made it a test of his influence," said Sellek.” 

Big GOP field could mean limited money, no immediate Trump bump’

Gongwer - Capitol

April 20, 2022

"John Sellek of Harbor Strategic said that the missteps of President Joe Biden and Ms. Whitmer's own shortcomings have "created a discount," so to speak, in terms of how much the GOP candidates are going to need." 

Donald Trump looms large as Michigan GOP braces for convention ‘battle’

Bridge Michigan

April 20, 2022

"Michigan GOP officials probably did not anticipate “the sheer amount of infighting” in the party, and the convention could allow them to stop the "bloodletting” before fall elections, Sellek said. 

Why Michigan voters don’t get to choose who will face Nessel, Benson

MLIVE - Statewide

April 20, 2022

"Republicans can negate any picks from the April convention if 75% of delegates vote to overturn. It’s essentially a “smash-glass-in-case-of-emergency” lever, Sellek said.”

Crowded GOP Gubernatorial Primary Field is Set

9 & 10 News - Traverse City

April 19, 2022

"(Craig’s) challenge has been to take that lead and build on top of it and that’s something he has not done so far and he’s had a pretty open window over almost a year to do it,” said Sellek.”

Ten Michigan GOP governor candidates file signatures to make ballot

Bridge Michigan

April 19, 2022

"Anybody and everybody wants to run for governor, and the fact that they can collect the signatures and get themselves on the ballot tells you just how much energy is floating around out there on the GOP side," Sellek said.”

Crowded primary races mark Michigan's 2022 ballot after filing deadline

The Detroit News

April 19, 2022

"The energy is a dual-edged sword," said John Sellek, a longtime Michigan Republican political operative and CEO of the firm Harbor Strategic Public Affairs.

Should Michigan’s AG and SOS nominees be selected by voters?

WJR AM - Detroit

April 18, 2022

"Sellek, founder and CEO of Harbor Strategic Public Affairs, talks with Guy Gordon about the possibility of reforming the convention process in favor of primary elections.”

'Historic' number of gubernatorial candidates could be on GOP primary ballot

FOX 17 - Grand Rapids

April 18, 2022

“It's a huge milestone internally for every one of these campaigns and they all want to sit back and pop some champagne from it and say, man, we got that done. And the thing is, no one cares,” laughed Sellek.

Jacques: Ditch crazy conventions for primaries

The Detroit News

April 17, 2022

“You couldn’t devise a more insider, exclusive system than this one.”

Parents make emotional plea to Oxford school officials to address security

The Detroit News

April 14, 2022

“Parents of Oxford High School students and one survivor of the Nov. 30 mass shooting made emotional pleas on Thursday for improved safety measures inside the school.”

Group of Oxford High students and parents want review of school safety plan

FOX 2 Detroit

April 14, 2022

“Attorney General Dana Nessel is expected to meet with Oxford parents and students next week.” 

Trump endorsement shakes up Michigan Secretary of State race

Detroit Free Press

April 7, 2022

Sellek, CEO of Harbor Strategic, a Lansing-based public relations firm, said that "it's very reasonable to think that Kristina Karamo has this thing locked up." GOP delegates who will decide the convention outcome are "becoming more and more and more Trump or nothing," he said.”

Fred Upton retires. Another Trump critic finds no home in today’s GOP

Bridge Michigan

April 5, 2022

Sellek, a former staffer for former Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette, told Bridge Michigan that while Trump’s attacks on Upton may have played a role in his retirement, it wasn’t the deciding factor.”

Donald Trump returns to Michigan to back his candidates, prepare for ‘24

Bridge Michigan

April 3, 2022

DePerno appears to be locked in an "incredibly close” convention race with former House Speaker Tom Leonard and, if he loses, "the national media will pick up on that quickly as a sign that (Trump's) influence is waning," Sellek told Bridge.”

AgriPAC Fundraiser 2022 Elections Discussion

Lansing, Michigan

February 22, 2022

What does it take to make sure Michigan farmers are well represented in politics? A panel of election experts — Kyle Melinn, co-owner of MIRS News; John Sellek of Harbor Strategic Public Affairs; and Adrian Hemond, CEO of Grassroots Midwest — will offer commentary on all thing’s election 2022.

AgriPAC Fundraiser 2022 Elections Discussion

Lansing, Michigan

February 22, 2022

What does it take to make sure Michigan farmers are well represented in politics? A panel of election experts — Kyle Melinn, co-owner of MIRS News; John Sellek of Harbor Strategic Public Affairs; and Adrian Hemond, CEO of Grassroots Midwest — will offer commentary on all thing’s election 2022.

My Take: Don’t eliminate the Register of Deeds.

Sault Evening News

February 16, 2022

“Why would we “fix” a part of government that is already working for us? While some claim it will save a few bucks, that is unlikely and will result in negative side effects that you should know about."

Community members denounce UMich Board of Regents’ handling of sexual misconduct

Michigan Daily

February 18, 2022

“Brourman said Coleman and the University were aware of former Provost Martin Philbert’s previous sexual misconduct allegations when he was made dean of the School of Public Health."

Is 2022 another ‘year of the outsider?’ Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidates are banking on it.

MLive

February 19, 2022

“There’s that old saying about how everybody has a plan until you get hit the face,” Sellek said. “We haven’t really seen significant hits of any kind landed inside the GOP primary."

Experts: Politics, as well as science, fuel Whitmer COVID, mask decisions

Bridge Michigan 

February 19, 2022

“He and others point to Republican Glenn Youngkin’s victory in the Virginia gubernatorial election in November, which analysts say is largely because independents were upset over school closures from COVID. “They (the Whitmer administration) look really smart from a political science perspective right now,” Sellek said. “She is making moves to the middle with every move she makes.”

What does the San Fransisco school recall mean for 2022?

WJR - Detroit

February 16, 2022

“Sellek, Founder and CEO of Harbor Strategic Public Affairs, talks with Guy Gordon about San Francisco voters ousting three members of the Board of Education, and what it means for the midterm elections."

GOP candidate for governor wants to convert Super Bowl ad into higher name recognition

The Detroit Free Press

February 13, 2022

“Sellek, CEO of Lansing-based Harbor Strategic Public Affairs, said one risk of airing Super Bowl ads is that "you're competing with the world's best ads," and if the ad does not make a strong impression, "people are going to throw their Doritos" at their screens.

Michigan governor's race: U.S. Rep. Lisa McClain endorses Tudor Dixon

The Detroit News

February 9, 2022

“She has done this methodically by winning the Trump consultant sweepstakes, then holding a Mar-a-Lago event with Trump and now adding a second pro-Trump congressional endorsement," the consultant added."

Self-funded millionaires, small-dollar donors shape Republican race to challenge Whitmer

MLive - Statewide

February 3, 2022

“It might seem odd that Craig is more visible to a national audience, but it’s all strategy “Every time you see him go on Fox News, they fundraise off it,” said John Sellek, CEO of the Michigan consulting firm Harbor Strategic Public Affairs."

Breaking Down What Was Said, and Not Said, in State of the State Address

9 & 10 News - Traverse City

January 27, 2022

“She said, ‘Hey I hear you, schools should be open,’ but she didn’t say a school‘s must be open,” said Sellek. “She doesn’t have that control but she only touched on the issue without actually using her bully pulpit.”

Reviewing Gov. Whitmer’s State of the State Speech

Morning Wake Up - WILS AM

January 27, 2022

Dave Akerly and John Sellek weighed in on Governor Whitmer's State of the State Address.

John and Michael Patrick Shiels analyze Governor Whitmer's State of the State address.

The Big Show - Statewide

January 27, 2022

“She is laying claim to the independent voters who have now abandoned President Biden.”

Whitmer calls for tax cuts and unity in 2022 State of the State address

Michigan Public Radio

January 26, 2022

Hosted by Michigan Radio's Rick Pluta, it also includes analysis  by John Sellek (CEO, Harbor Strategic Public Affairs).

New Developments in the New Macomb Congressional Seat

Guy Gordon Show - WJR Detroit

January 24, 2022

John Sellek talks with Guy about polling numbers showing Governor Whitmer's lead over former Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

New Developments in the New Macomb Congressional Seat

Marie Osborn Show-WJR Detroit

January 21, 2022

Sellek, Founder and CEO Harbor Strategic Public Relations, discusses the interesting names Democrats are floating as candidates for the newly drawn 10th district in Macomb County.

What multi-billion dollar investments mean for GM, EVs and Michigan future

The Detroit News

January 21, 2022

“Having General Motors standing next to her is worth its weight in gold, and she will amplify it in her speech on Wednesday,” Sellek said. Unlike GM, Ford and partner SK Innovation picked Kentucky and Tennessee for a total $11.4 billion investment.

The President Speaks

WJR AM - Detroit

January 20, 2022

John Sellek talks with Kevin and Tom about about President Biden's press conference.

Chances were missed to stop U. of Michigan sexual abuse

Associated Press

January 19, 2022

“WilmerHale found at least 20 occasions when a student, athlete or other individual spoke with university staff about Anderson."

University of Michigan reaches $490 million settlement in Robert Anderson abuse case

ESPN

January 19, 2022

“The University of Michigan has agreed to a $490 million settlement with more than 1,000 people who say they were sexually assaulted by Dr. Robert Anderson during his nearly four-decade career at the school"

Sexual Assault Survivors of UM Doctor Call for Culture Change With New President

9 & 10 News Traverse City

January 18, 2022

“This is a Dr. Frankenstein and these are the kinds of things that went on that you don’t know about because this university will not commit to transparency,” said Robert Stone, a survivor

Supreme Court blocks vaccine mandate for large businesses, not healthcare workers

WDIV - Detroit

January 14, 2022

“With this mandate, what we really were voicing concerns about were the unintended consequences associated with it,” said Wendy Block of Listen To MI Businesses. “Just the logistical challenges that went along with this.”

Trump's support in Michigan dips, creating crunch for GOP, Detroit News-WDIV poll finds

Detroit News

January 12, 2022

“They may not want to vote for him, but he retains the ability to be a voice of their frustrations, even if they are afloat at sea on a partisan basis," Sellek said."

Is The Maps Becoming Scraps Likely? Is It Unlikely? Or Something In Between?

MIRS News

January 3, 2022

“Where to live is the toughest choice if you fear the maps will change due to a VRA suit or other issues,” he said."

Pollsters and Pundits with Tim Skubick

Off The Record, WKAR

December 24, 2021

“Pollsters join pundits Adrian Hemond and John Sellek along with Tim Skubick to look ahead at what to expect from Michigan politics in the new year."