From potential state senator to Michigan's number two man...
"I'm thrilled, so thrilled, to have the opportunity to have a voice at the table," says Lt. Governor Candidate Rep. Brian Calley, R-Portland.
But in this month's primaries, Rep. Calley was chosen to be the voice of the senate 33rd district. Sen. Alan Cropsey, R-Dewitt, who is term-limited from the position, couldn't be happier with Calley's new promotion.
"Rick Snyder saw his strong charcter and his quiet demeanor," Cropsey says. "We're just thrilled."
Brian Calley's bid for Lt. Governor doesn't become official until the state party convention this weekend. After that, the Secretary of State's Office tells us the executive committee members of the four counties in the 33rd district will have 10 days to choose his replacement for senator. The person they select will face the Democratic nominee in the November election.
"We're interested in becoming senator and replacing Brian Calley," says Bingham Township Treasurer Mike Trebesh.
Trebesh, Calley's former opponent, is hoping for a second chance.
"Brian and I have a lot of similar views on issues," Trebesh says. "We were certainly very involved in the campaign. We had 13,000 votes and carried 2 of the counties."
Trebesh says his business background is key to economic recovery. But Sen. Cropsey tells us experience will likely determine Calley's replacement.
"So many people going into the legislature this year are not going to have experience at all," Cropsey says. "I think having experience will be the premium."
People of the 33rd district say they'll miss Calley's leadership in the senate but are excited for what lies ahead.
"I think it's awesome to have someone who lives so close to Lansing and here in Clinton County that will be the number 2 person in the state of Michigan."
Sen. Cropsey tells us the 33rd district executive board has already started throwing names around for Calley's replacement. On that list--State Rep. Scott Hummel and former Montcalm County legislator Judy Emmons. Whoever is chosen will face James Hoisington in the general election.