Michigan's Lieutenant Governor Joins Race for His Bosses' Job
In a long anticipated development, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced Tuesday he wants to be governor of Michigan.
Calley made the news official after hinting at an announcement for months — most recently at a Monday appearance with Gov. Rick Snyder, where he took partial credit for Michigan's improved economy, citing his work on corporate tax cuts and streamlining and elimination of business regulations and told reporters to "stay tuned for some big news" on Tuesday.
"I am proud to have been an integral part of Michigan’s extraordinary rise from the recession that plagued our state during the ‘Lost Decade,' " Calley said in a news release early Tuesday, referencing a nationwide recession that hit Michigan especially hard from 2000 to 2009.
"We set out to make Michigan the comeback state and that’s exactly what we did. I am running for governor to build on this strong foundation and make Michigan the most prosperous state in the nation.”
Calley joins a Republican field that includes Attorney General Bill Schuette, the acknowledged frontrunner, as well as Saginaw Township physician Dr. Jim Hines, and state Sen. Patrick Colbeck of Canton.