OAKLAND COUNTY – Five whistleblowers have come forward publicly to expose a shadow figure behind the Michigan Republican Party (MIGOP) chair Kristina Karamo and accused him of plotting to destroy MIGOP.
His name is Mike Labadie. The insiders, who have all worked directly with Karamo and Labadie, accuse him of utilizing psychological and emotional manipulation techniques to brainwash Karamo and the people closest to her as part of a larger plot to divide and bankrupt MIGOP.
The lengthy original report provides extensive detail about the psychological methods employed to ultimately foster codependent relationships where Labadie has remarkable control, not just over decision making within MIGOP, but over messaging as well.
During Karamo’s campaign for MIGOP, she was asked by a delegate about her relationship to Labadie and what his role would be in a Karamo chair administration according to a report by MIRS News. Karamo responded that he is “just a friend” and “was never in consideration for serving in my administration in any capacity.”
“That was a deliberate lie,” said JD Glaser to the author about Karamo’s statements about Labadie. Glaser is the chairman of the 5th District Republican Party. “She knew at that time that Mike would be highly involved in her administration,” said Glaser.
Labadie is a mysterious figure. Very little can be found about him online. In addition to the story cited above, there is just one other news story from the SoS campaign that “Karamo’s longtime adviser Michael Labadie joined her” when she was the only public figure from Michigan to attend the 2021 Arizona audit of the 2020 election. That occurred shortly after she began her Secretary of State (SoS) campaign.
According to a background check, Labadie lived in the Houston, TX area in the early 1990s and entered a guilty plea in 1992 to a charge of cruelty to animals.
Most of the addresses associated with him following that time were in Ventura County, CA, where public records show he owns a large estate valued in the $4-7M range and sold a condo in 2021 for $495,000. Apparently, the address of the condo matches the address of his 2016 democratic party registration shown in the photo below.
Labadie has told multiple people that he served in the military in Granada and was stabbed in an armed conflict, but the service records did not turn up in a National Archives search.
Labadie registered as a Democrat on September 29, 2016, in Ventura, CA, shortly before President Donald Trump won the 2016 election. In 2017 he got a real estate license in Michigan with an address in Waterford. On his Zillow bio he wrote, “I grew up in the landscaping business and then launched my own specialty construction firm where I developed property, renovated homes and managed Fortune 500 critical system projects for firms such as Pepsi, Amgen, Baxter & Clorox.”
The whistleblowers all said that he makes extraordinary claims when he introduces himself, mentioning a book, “The Startup Game” by William H. Draper III. that mentions Labadie and describes him as a contractor for Fortune 500 companies.
Kristy Klamer who volunteered for 21 months for Karamo’s SoS campaign said of Labadaie, “he told me he used to work as a contractor for or with the U.N. and worked with these deep state evil type people.” Labadie also routinely claims that he had learned all that so he could “take down the globalists” and “save this state and nation for future generations,” according to Klamer.
Glaser said of Labadie, “He’s the kind of person who doesn’t make himself known. He is really good at staying in the background. He chooses people after observing them. He’s very disciplined about it. He discards you if you don’t fit his profile, that’s how he’s able to keep such control.”
Warren Carpenter said, “When I first met Kristina, Mike came and talked to me in front of my shop. He proceeded to tell me that he worked for the UN on behalf of the IC community to train diplomats on how to deal with these ‘globalists and authoritarians – these killers!’ from other countries so they can know how they think and what they mean when they say what they say.” Carpenter is the former Republican Party chairman for the 9th district who initially was a staunch supporter of Karamo.
Many observers acknowledge that Carpenter played a significant role in ensuring Karamo’s election at the Feb 2023 convention. Carpenter first met Labadie during Karamo’s SoS campaign. While Labadie introducing himself, “He told me, ‘I was sent here to recruit SoS candidates. When I met Kristina she tested off the charts.’ I told him, ‘Yeah, I can see that she’s a great orator. I think she’s got bigger things ahead than SoS.’ He told me, ‘Oh yes, we have big plans for her,’” said Carpenter.
Carpenter continued, “What he said about scoring off the charts, I see now that he wasn’t talking about her political or speaking skills. She tested off the charts for manipulation. It was kind of a facetious way of saying she scored well in his profiling system.”
Similarly, Glaser said, “With Karamo, she’s the perfect candidate because she does exactly what she’s told. I’ve never seen her make a decision without him [Labadie]. And he has excellent emotional control over her. She’s paralyzed without him.”
“That’s one of the things people don’t understand, how she could be so fiery as a public speaker and how such a fiery person could be controlled,” Glaser said. Carpenter offered a likely explanation, suggesting that Labadie found her at perhaps the lowest point of her life, during her divorce after a time when her ex-husband claimed in court documents that she received psychiatric evaluation for self harm and attempted suicide.
Carpenter went on to say, “He [Labadie] built her from nothing. He was everything to her at her lowest point. He put her out there to run as secretary of state, became her number one confidante, ostracized everyone closest to her and for everyone he pushed out, he put new people in their place.”
This pattern has continued in Karamo’s GOP chair administration. In one year, twelve members of her staff resigned or were fired. MIGOP is currently employing its third state treasurer in 11 months.
During Karamo’s GOP chair campaign, she promised accountability and transparency. Her team has not made a detailed financial report to the state committee in several months. In a recent Q&A session she claimed that she made a financial report in her January 13 meeting, which was held in violation of the MIGOP bylaws.
Glaser watched video of that meeting, and he said, “They did not present a financial support. They shared a one-page balance sheet, which showed nothing. Nobody knows how much money has been received or how it’s been spent.”
When Karamo campaigned for chair, she shared a plan to raise $30M per year from 250,000 small businesses. At an event on Jan. 20, she was asked how many businesses have been contacted and she refused to answer.
Matt Johnson, the first of three state treasurers of the Karamo administration, said at an event that he believed the total donations received are in the “low six figures” for all of 2023. The author has spoken with several state committee members who estimate total debt to be between $700,000-900,000 and current cash well under $100,000.
Labadie was contacted for comment several days prior to publication and he did not respond.
Multiple Kristina Karamo insiders accuse shadow figure behind her apparent plot to destroy Michigan GOP