Snyder Endorses His Right-Hand Man
On Wednesday, Governor Rick Snyder endorsed Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley in the race to succeed him as governor. Snyder is term-limited, and cannot seek reelection.
Making a long-expected move, Snyder announced his official endorsement of Calley’s gubernatorial bid at a press conference at Barton Malow headquarters in Southfield. “Brian Calley has been a key part of Michigan’s reinvention and has a complex understanding of the reforms and modernizations of state government that brought us back to economic prosperity,” Sndyer said. He went on to praise Calley’s leadership, saying that Calley would “Continue the Comeback.”
Snyder chose Brian Calley as his running mate in 2010, when he first ran for Governor, and the two have served together since 2011. Snyder has often vetoed conservative bills passed by the Republican legislature, but it is likely that he would be even less conservative without Calley’s prodding. Calley even openly criticized Snyder’s veto of the bill creating an option for Choose Life license plates.
Brian Calley faces three major Republicans in the August 7 primary. Attorney General Bill Schuette has held a lead in the polls, while state Senator Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines have trailed both Schuette and Calley.
The Republican nominee will go on to face one of four Democrats in the November 6 general election: former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, businessman Shri Thanedar, former Detroit Health Director Abdul El-Sayed, or businessman Bill Cobbs.