Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosMcAuliffe rolls out new ad hitting back at Youngkin on education Biden DOJ tries to shield DeVos from deposition in lawsuit over student loans The long con targeting student survivors of sexual assault MORE on Tuesday said she will not enter the race for Michigan governor in 2022, ending speculation of a potential gubernatorial bid.
“I am not running for governor,” DeVos told The Detroit News. “It's not going to be me. I appreciate that some folks are interested in that, but I think the rumor and interest really only serves to highlight how desperate Michiganders are for new leadership."
DeVos's advisers added that the former state party chairwoman never considered challenging Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerMichigan orders 'all-hands-on-deck' response to water crisis Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Altria — Michigan leaves majority-Black city with lead-contaminated taps for three years Whitmer vetoes bill on bird feeding over deer fears MORE (D), The Associated Press reported.
DeVos forged strong ties with former President TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased MORE while she was Education secretary, but left her position one day after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
“There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me," she wrote to the former president in her resignation letter at the time.
Still, her distancing from Trump has done little to win over Democrats.
DeVos's absence in the governor's race does not necessarily mean Whitmer will be on a glide path to reelection. Retired Detroit police chief James Craig recently announced his candidacy.