Snyder: Calley's Age An Advantage

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

After much speculation, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rick Snyder makes it official, and taps State Representative Brian Calley, R-Portland, as his running mate.

Calley wastes no time in throwing his vocal support behind the Ann Arbor businessman.

"I'm thrilled to be a part of the team and reinvent Michigan. We've waited a long time in this state for a leader like Rick Snyder, and i'm thrilled," he tells a group of reporters in Grand Rapids. Calley's intentions were announced at the Grand Rapids Public Museum during one of Snyder's town halls.

There's a lot being made of Calley's age and experience. He's only 33, and has spent just four years as a politician. But Snyder says he wants to capitalize on that youth.

"We're a state in crisis," he says. "We're an economic disaster. We need the best, brightest people here like Brian. I want to optimize that."

"I've got the relationships and experience inside and outside to take the vision I share with rick and move it through the process," Calley says of his bi-partisan abilities.

Snyder maintains Calley was the first person he asked to become his Lt. Governor. He shot down the notion that Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard was his first choice, calling Calley "his selection." He was chosen, Snyder says, for his morals, ability to work with both parties and fresh ideas.

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