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Gov. Snyder Endorses Lt. Gov. Brian Calley For Governor

Support for Calley in his bid to win the Republican nomination for governor.

March 21, 2018 - 5:44 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Governor Rick Snyder Wednesday announcing his endorsement of fellow Republican and current Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley for governor, calling Calley the best leader to continue Michigan’s comeback.

“Going forward, Michigan needs a leader who brings the state together rather than divides it. That leader is Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who will continue to focus on Michiganders and their needs for the future” said Snyder.

Gov. Snyder endorsed Lt. Gov. Calley at a “Continue the Comeback” press event at construction company Barton Malow’s headquarters in Southfield.

“Brian Calley is the best Lt. Governor in the country! I have said it many times, and I will continue to say it all across the state as Michigan voters head to the polls this August,” Governor Snyder continued. “Brian 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. He isn’t afraid of tough problems, and he is the one I believe has the experience, the leadership and the expertise that can continue our comeback.”

The two-term governor, Snyder has be weighed down by the Flint water crisis and low approval ratings as he ends his tenure. 

“I’m honored to have partnered with Governor Snyder since 2010 to create the Michigan comeback and I’m honored to have his endorsement today,” said Calley. “Together, Michigan’s made tremendous progress since 2010, and I’ll take Michigan to the next level as governor. 

Calley has been lieutenant governor since 2011. 

Others seeking the Republican nomination include current Michigan Attorney G​​​eneral Bill Schuette, who has the nod from President Donald Trump as well as Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines, a self-funded candidate, and Royal Oak businessman Earl Lackie.

The last time Michigan voters moved a lieutenant governor into the governorship was in 1960 -- electing Democrat John Swainson.