After years of turmoil, Michigan Gov. Whitmer looks to shape an ambitious Democratic agenda
MLive - January 25, 2023
“It’s a blessing and a curse for the Governor,” Sellek said. “There are a lot of folks who will see it as a blank check...the tightrope that the Governor has to walk, is to keep it from being spent like it’s mad money.”
Michigan Democrats unveil first moves in new session
Associated Press - January 12, 2023
"Sellek said Democrats were wise to lead with tax cuts, their main promise on the campaign trail. "There wasn't a single ad about right to work. It was Dem candidates saying 'We need to reduce spending, cut taxes and give money back to people who are suffering"
GOP, Dems strategize to run for Stabenow's Senate seat; may face pressure to retire early
Fox 2 Detroit - January 9, 2023
“What's the best thing for the rest of the Democratic Party and Gov. Whitmer? To avoid a messy primary, get somebody into that seat, start raising money and show the rest of the state who they are."
Michigan's U.S. Sen. Stabenow won't seek reelection in 2024
The Detroit News - January 5, 2023
“She was a huge counterweight to John Engler when he was governor and she was in the state Senate," said John Sellek, a Republican consultant and founder of Harbor Strategic Public Affairs. "Her decision to decouple property taxes from school funding led to Proposal A, and Engler's victory on property tax reform. She played a game of brinksmanship, and she was a huge part of that era of Michigan politics."