As we head into the gubernatorial race of 2018, it’s interesting to take a look at the frenemy relationship between Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette.
Snyder is term limited and won’t be able to run for governor in 2018. Schuette, ever ambitious, is expected to make a run.
Now, normally, you might think this wouldn’t be a conflict. Snyder can’t run against Schuette, and they’re both Republicans, after all. But not so.
Political watchers in Michigan widely anticipate Snyder’s lieutenant governor, Brian Calley, to also run for governor. That makes Schuette want to set himself apart from the current Snyder administration as much as he can, while still remaining its attorney general.
As Calley keeps a pretty low profile, unless the topic at hand is children with disabilities, Snyder is taking the lumps from Schuette. You can see this most frequently in regards to the Flint water crisis. While Schuette hasn’t done nearly enough to go after the Republicans who made this happen, in the opinion of many Democrats, he certainly hasn’t held back from pointing the finger at Snyder.
If you want to learn more about this dynamic, which will likely be a recurring theme over the next two years, a good primer from Jack Lessenberry can be found here.