Former Democrat to Lead Michigan GOP

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The Michigan Republican Party is on the verge of being led by a Harley-riding former Democrat who barely spoke English until the first grade.

Saulius "Saul" Anuzis grew up in Detroit in a blue-collar Democratic family that immigrated from Lithuania.

He's about to become the GOP's next chairman.

Anuzis, 45, will succeed Betsy DeVos, a major GOP donor and fundraiser who's stepping down after leading the party the past two years.

Anuzis knows it won't be easy running the Republican Party where Democrats hold the governorship and both US Senate seats.

But he thinks Governor Jennifer Granholm and US Senator Debbie Stabenow can be beaten in 2006, and he's confident he can do what's necessary to help that happen.