Mr. Chatfield has additionally not acknowledged Mr. Biden’s victory, although he has expressed a dedication to heeding the outcomes of the favored vote. “Nothing is extra vital than integrity in our election system,” he wrote in a tweet on Nov. 6. “Each single authorized vote must be counted. As a result of that is America and that’s what we do! And let me be very clear: whoever will get essentially the most votes will win Michigan! Interval. Finish of story. Then we transfer on.”
Each Mr. Shirkey and Mr. Chatfield declined to remark. Their aides mentioned that they have been beneath strict orders from the White Home to not communicate to the press.
Nevertheless, in a tweet on Friday, Mr. Chatfield wrote, “Irrespective of the occasion, when you may have a possibility to satisfy with the President of the US, in fact you’re taking it. I gained’t apologize for that. The truth is, I’m honored to talk with POTUS and proud to satisfy with him. And I sit up for our dialog.”
The 2 males have strong pro-Trump conservative data, although they arrive from totally different corners of the Republican Occasion.
Mr. Shirkey, 65, is a businessman who labored for Common Motors for 13 years earlier than beginning his personal manufacturing firm close to his hometown, Clarklake, west of Detroit. He has served six years within the State Senate after serving 4 years within the State Home.
Mr. Chatfield, 32, was raised by a Baptist minister, attended a Christian school and acquired a grasp’s diploma in public coverage from Liberty College, the evangelical Christian college in Lynchburg, Va., based by Jerry Falwell. He later returned to his hometown, Levering, in northern Michigan, the place he taught at a non-public Christian highschool earlier than successful election to the State Home in 2014.
Although each expressed sturdy assist for the president in the course of the marketing campaign, Mr. Chatfield was a extra seen surrogate, showing at a number of marketing campaign rallies, together with one in October in Muskegon, the place he warmed up the gang earlier than the president arrived.