GOP gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon quips about kidnapping plot against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon talks to reporters after submitting her petition signatures to run for Micigan governor on April 19, 2022. - Craig Mauger/The Detroit News/TNS

TROY, Mich. — Republican candidate for governor Tudor Dixon joked during a Friday campaign event about the 2020 kidnapping plot against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a remark that quickly drew criticism. Dixon's reference to the kidnapping plot came as she was targeting Whitmer's handling of schools and businesses, arguing that some large companies have shifted jobs to other states that might have come or stayed in Michigan. "The sad thing is that Gretchen will tie your hands, put a gun to your head and ask if you're ready to talk," Dixon said during a speech in Troy. "For someone so worri...