Michigan Republican Party Chairman Tim Griffin will soon prohibit candidates from holding campaign-style photos during the primary elections, according to a state party press release.
The rules will take effect on Feb. 1.
The state party said that Griffin is trying to “restore order to the party” after his order was issued last month.
Republican candidates and their aides have long been allowed to take campaign-like photos in the days leading up to primary elections.
The restrictions are aimed at ensuring that the candidates don’t have an “insidious appearance” during those early days.
The move comes as Republicans are fighting to avoid a potentially damaging legal battle that could lead to the closure of all political parties in the state.
Michigan Republicans have been in the middle of a bitter court battle over the rules.
The Republican Party of Michigan and the state’s Democratic-run Democratic Party have challenged the state GOP’s ban on campaign-type photos, arguing that it violates the First Amendment’s free speech protections.
The ruling comes after months of back and forth between the parties.
The state GOP was one of the first to ban campaign-worthy photos.
The Michigan Democrats have been the most vocal opponent of Griffin’s rule, while the Republican Party has maintained it’s in the best interest of the party.
Michigan Republican Party President Eric Karp issued a statement on Wednesday saying that the GOP will continue to be “an open and welcoming place” for candidates to campaign.
The party will continue “to work diligently to bring the party together,” the statement read.
Michigan GOP Chairman Tim “Doc” Griffin has long said that the party will not allow candidates to hold campaign-inspired campaign-photo-taking events, which includes holding campaign events and rallies during the primaries.
The GOP’s rules do not specifically ban campaign photos during these events, but Griffin has argued that they should be limited.
Griffin said that during a news conference on February 10, that the ban was meant to “give the state Republican Party the freedom to move forward.”
“While it may seem odd at first, it’s actually an effort to restore order to our party, as well as to our state, in the midst of a challenging election cycle,” Griffin said at the time.