MICHIGAN | MI-gov

Calley Kicks Off Campaign

Gov. Rick Snyder praised him and appeared at a fundraiser for him.

Nov. 28, 2017, 10:56 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (R) is “launching his long-expected candidacy Tuesday and vowing to continue an economic rebound that has resulted in the addition of more than a half million jobs in Michigan.”

Calley: “I’m running for governor to ensure that we not only continue the comeback, but we capitalize on the strong foundation we’ve laid and make Michigan the most prosperous state in the nation.”

“Calley downplayed [President] Trump’s backing of” state Attorney General Bill Schuette (R), “telling the AP that voters do not like to be told who they should vote for — ‘especially by politicians.’”

“Asked about Schuette’s call to lower the income tax, Calley said he supports cutting taxes and his agenda would ‘make that more possible and not just in a modest way’ by transforming the social services system into a pipeline to employment — which he said would free up revenue to reduce taxes, fix roads and bridges, and fund education.” (AP)

Term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder (R) headlined “a fundraiser Monday night for Calley at the Orchard Lake home of Mark Mitchell. … Mitchell is co-founder and managing director of the Birmingham private equity Lorient Capital LLC. … Calley is expected to raise at least $175,000 from the fundraiser’s event chairs and co-chairs, who pledged to donate or raise $25,000 and $10,000, respectfully.” (Crain’s Chicago Business)

Snyder on Monday “lauded the work done by Calley during his seven years as second-in-charge. Specifically, he complimented the work done by Calley in taking the lead on tax reform, mental health and the fight against opioid abuse.”

Snyder: “I’m proud to have such a wonderful partner.” (Detroit News)

GOT YOUR BACK. The Michigan Fair Tax Association and Southeast Michigan radio host Thayrone X endorsed state Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) this week. (releases)

LINE 5. Former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) and former Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed (D) said “an agreement between Michigan and Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. that sets a timeline for determining the future of twin oil pipelines beneath the waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge … includes temporary half-measures that leave the lakes vulnerable.” Schuette and OBGYN Jim Hines (R) “say the plan is a good first step.” (AP)

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