Tony DeMott, RIP

Liberty lost a great one earlier this week.

Tony DeMott, who headed Campaign for Liberty efforts in Michigan since its founding in 2008, suddenly passed away on Sunday.

Tony was never one to back away from a battle when it meant defending our rights and the Constitution. He was unrelenting in his work to gain cosponsors and grassroots support for our Audit the Fed bill and in opposition to the Patriot Act, and he led the nation in building county groups to fight local and state issues. With the help of his team of activists, Michigan citizens were saved from some severe tax hikes, including a proposed road tax increase that seemed sure to pass.

And when all of the pundits and so-called "experts" said Michigan would be signing onto the National Vote Compact and a Convention of States (ConCon), Michigan Campaign for Liberty, under Tony's leadership, took action and proved the experts wrong.

Perhaps his biggest win was almost exactly 10 years ago to the day when Michigan -- a traditional hardcore union state -- passed a Right to Work law, ending forced union membership.

Going against conventional wisdom and the naysayers, Tony took it as a challenge, took a lead in organizing the grassroots, and won!

Officials at the National Right to Work Committee gave credit for the passage of the legislation to Michigan Campaign for Liberty, led by Tony. "Michigan Campaign for Liberty's petition and phone call drives played a major role in getting Right to Work passed."

Tony was a mentor and friend to countless grassroots activists within Michigan and across the country.

Tony was 51 at the time of his passing. He also served his country in the United States Navy during Desert Storm from 1990-1993.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew and interacted with him. And the liberty movement won't be the same. RIP, Tony.

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