Let's start thinking about Gov. Snyder's GOP successor


The Republican National Convention is in full swing, and the impending announcement of Donald Trump as the party's head honcho is just moments away. 'What will become of the party?' 'Does it have a future?' are just a few of the questions being asked as Republicans across the nation try to make a good situation out of what last year felt just short of impossible.

With this — (the GOP future) — in mind, the Detroit News published a story Monday taking a hyper-local approach to what's on the horizon. Specifically, they compared the 2018 gubernatorial-race approaches of presumed GOP candidates Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Attorney General Bill Schuette. 

The piece comes on the heels of last week's news that Schuette's team changed the name of his campaign committee from "Bill Schuette for Attorney General" (what its been called since 2009) to "Bill Schuette for Michigan" on July 6 — a move that seemed to confirm he is running for something, and that something is likely for governor, considering term-limits bar him from seek re-election for his current position in 2018. 

"We know he isn’t running for attorney general again, but he has a dedicated group of friends and supporters who believe in him and want to continue to support him and be part of his team," Schuette spokesman John Sellek told the News last week

Monday's article looks at the two presumed candidates and muses on how they have set up very different approaches for a possible run. Schuette, a former congressman, state senator and Court of Appeals judge, has been vocal about what he believes to be proactive changes necessary for Michigan's future. 

"In an interview with The Detroit News ahead of his speech Monday at the Cleveland convention, Schuette said Michigan needs “bold ideas” to lower its income tax burden and expand school choice options to remain competitive and regain residents. He emphasized that he wants to be “part of the conversation” in shaping the state’s economic future," the Detroit News reports.

Calley, on the other hand, is less vocal, or as the Detroit News puts it, he is "coy." According to the paper the 39-year old refused to engage in conversations about Michigan's future, rather focusing on what he believes to be present accomplishments. More notably when asked if he plans to run he brushed the question off noting that politics these days have pushed campaigns earlier and earlier. 

"We have a political system that keeps getting earlier and earlier ... now more than a whole election cycle ahead of time," Calley told the News. 

While Calley is not being forthright about his intentions just yet, he and Schuette are both working the room at Republican National Convention this week in Cleveland — hoping to showcase what leadership looks like in a state that has been accused on multiple occasions this year of lacking it. 

Check out the whole Detroit News article on the two potential competitors here

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