While left-leaning people in Michigan have been focused on the Democratic gubernatorial ticket, it’s just as important to remember that there’s also a struggle afoot for the Republican nomination, too.
For years, it’s been assumed that Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will be making a run for governor, as will state Attorney General Bill Schuette. Now, some who prognosticate futures in Lansing say, that contest is heating up.
While you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone on the left who would want either as governor, there’s an argument to be made that one would be worse than another. Schuette is generally far more idealistic and extreme, while Calley has been known to be reasonable on occasion.
Calley is much more likely than Schuette to continue Snyder-era programs like the Healthy Michigan Medicaid expansion and increasing taxes to pay for roads.
Governor Snyder has rarely passed up the chance to talk up his Lieutenant lately, like at a recent press conference about the administration’s plan to battle the opioid epidemic.
“So with that, let me turn it over to an outstanding partner I’ve had for a number of years, and I’m happy to share this podium because he’s been a leader on this topic, among many others – Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley,” Snyder told the crowd.
Calley’s been out front on the administration’s response to the Flint water crisis, eliminating childhood lead exposure, overhauling the mental health system, and bargaining with the Legislature on key issues.
While it’s always better to have your own guy win, there’s still something to be said for hedging your bets. This is a fight to watch.