Michigan Lt. Gov. Calley signals 2018 gubernatorial bid
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signaled his candidacy to be Michigan’s next governor Monday, launching an online ad campaign and touting Republican-passed right-to-work and tax laws to business leaders.
He hinted at a May 30 announcement, which would coincide with the start of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual policy conference on Mackinac Island for influential business, political and civic leaders.
Gov. Rick Snyder cannot run for a third term in 2018 because of term limits. Calley, 40, is a former banker and state lawmaker who as lieutenant governor has advocated for disability, mental health and prescription drug abuse reforms.
In the 1-minute ad — and in similar remarks to the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce on Monday — he said he has used his 10-year-old daughter Reagan’s experience with autism “to help everyone in Michigan live a better life. I don’t shout it from the rooftop. That’s not my style. It’s not the grandstanding that matters. It’s winning for you.”
To date, no high-profile Republican has entered the race, though Attorney General Bill Schuette is expected to run and state Sen. Patrick Colbeck is considering it. Calley cited as accomplishments the 2012 laws that made union support voluntary in private and most public workplaces and “scrapping the old tax code” — a reference to a major 2011 overhaul in which business taxes were slashed while tax exemptions and credits were scaled back for pensioners, homeowners, low-income earners and taxpayers with children.