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GOP chair Weiser could face censure vote by U of M Regents

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University of Michigan

The University of Michigan Board of Regents has called a special meeting on Friday, April 2, at 9:30 a.m. "to address recent events."

Sources say the Board will consider whether to censure fellow Regent and Michigan GOP Chair Ron Weiser.

The meeting comes after controversial remarks he made last week at a Republican Party gathering.

Weiser used violent and mysogynistic language in reference to Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. 

"Our job is to soften up those three witches," said Weiser. "And make sure we have good candidates to run against them, that they are ready for the burning at the stake."

He used the word "assassination" as an alternative to voting out of office U.S. Representatives Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) and Peter Meijer (R-Grand Rapids), both Michigan Republicans who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump.

Weiser has apologized for his comments.

University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel, provost Susan Collins and numerous deans have condemned his remarks. Several of Weiser's fellow Regents have called for his resignation.

Weiser was elected to the Board of Regents in 2016, and his term expires January 1, 2025.

Weiser is a major donor to the University of Michigan. He is the founder and former C.E.O. of McKinley Associates, Inc., a real estate investment company. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic under President George W. Bush.

The University said there will be no public comments at Friday's special meeting of the Board of Regents, but the public will be able to listen remotely here.

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Virginia Gordan has been a part-time reporter at Michigan Radio since fall 2013. She has a general beat covering news topics from across the state.
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