The DeVos family, one of the most successful and wealthy families in western Michigan thanks to their successful business Amway (http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/09/amway_heir_dick_and_betsy_devo.html), have officially decided to stand behind Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio. According to an article published by The Detroit News, this support comes just in time for the Michigan primary on Tuesday, March 8th.
In a recent interview with The Detroit News, businessman Dick DeVos announced his family’s endorsement of Rubio. They hope that it will garner larger support for the Republican candidate, who’s competition shows no signs of slowing down their own strategies. DeVos’s backing comes with dollar signs too, which will surely help Rubio at a crucial time in the race.
Until now the DeVos family has just supported the GOP candidates objectively. Their decision to finally endorse Senator Marco Rubio is not a far stretch, taking into account their history together. Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy were campaigning for more school choice laws in Florida between 2006 and 2008, when Rubio was a House of Representative Speaker in the same state.
It will be interesting to see how this support from DeVos will affect the turnout at the Michigan primary as well as the remaining states that have primaries or caucuses. Rubio’s fellow GOP candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich have all seen support since the primary season started. Some Republicans Party members have been pushing Kasich to step down from the race so Rubio can have a better shot at going against Trump and Cruz, but Kasich’s supporters believe he has a more likely chance at defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton.