Ted Cruz Endorses Colbeck for Governor

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has endorsed state Senator Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) to be Michigan’s next Governor, according to a press release from the Colbeck campaign. Colbeck is running to succeed term-limited Governor Rick Snyder when his term expires next year.

The press release quoted Cruz as saying, “I’m proud to endorse Patrick Colbeck in the race to become Michigan’s next Governor.  He is exactly the sort of principled leader the citizens of Michigan need.”

Colbeck has served in the state Senate since 2011, and his second and final term will come to a close at the end of this year. He has long been a solid conservative in the state Senate, often differing with the Republican leadership. This term, he was the only Republican Senator not to receive any sort of committee chairmanship, and last year, Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof stripped him of all his committee memberships, citing a supposed breach of Senate rules. Many believe that Meekhof did so out of spite for Colbeck’s gubernatorial campaign.

Senator Colbeck endorsed Ted Cruz in his 2016 presidential candidacy. Cruz took second place in Michigan’s Republican primary, with 25% to Donald Trump’s 37%. Colbeck went on to be a delegate for Cruz at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Ted Cruz is the first major elected official to endorse Colbeck’s gubernatorial candidacy. Meanwhile, Attorney General Bill Schuette (R-Midland) has received multiple high-profile endorsements, including President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley (R-Portland) has yet to receive a major endorsement in his campaign, although it is likely that Governor Snyder will back him in the race. Colbeck, Schuette, and Calley will face off on August 7 in the Republican primary. The winner will go on to face the Democratic nominee in the general election on November 6.

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