Wonder what you would find if you frisked Republican Rick Snyder and Democrat Virg Bernero’s choices for lieutenant governor?
Answer: Snyder picks State Rep. Brian Calley as his running mate while Virg is turned down a few times.
First off, let’s get the Republican news out of the way. The Detroit News reports:
Rick Snyder is expected to name a Republican state representative from Portland as his pick for lieutenant governor at a campaign event in Grand Rapids today.
Campaign officials would neither confirm nor deny that Snyder’s choice is Rep. Brian Calley, as first reported by the Associated Press on Tuesday.
But a person close to the campaign confirmed the choice to The Detroit News. Calley, 33, who was seeking a state Senate seat, was seen by analysts as among a handful of front-runners for the post.
Personally, I don’t know much about State Representative Brian Calley besides that he was a banker before being elected into office. I tried visiting Calley’s website earlier this morning to see his stance on the issues, but it only displayed his giant campaign logo. Personally, I don’t see this pick helping Snyder’s campaign much, but perhaps he’s trying to play it safe. There’s no doubt that Snyder lacks the much needed legislative experience, but picking a young state representative who’s only been in office since 2007 doesn’t necessarily fill that void. On the other hand, by picking a young legislator, it will play better for Snyder’s image as the “non-career politician” seeking the governor’s office.
On the other side of the political spectrum, Virg “Angriest Mayor” Bernero is having a rough time finding a running mate that actually wants to accept the job! The Detroit News reports:
Virg Bernero’s gubernatorial campaign has been turned down by a few prospects — some with strong business backgrounds — for a chance to be his running mate.
Among those who have declined to be vetted are retired General Motors Vice President Rod Gillum; Faye Nelson, president and CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy; and Carol Goss, president of the Skillman Foundation.
A choice is expected to be made by Saturday, at the latest, before the state Democratic Party Convention in Detroit.
😆 It makes me laugh when I see Virg Bernero so desperate… Hey Virg, go off on one of your epic rants where you yell and speak 1,000 words per minute.