Michigan Republicans Aim For Unity At Convention

By: John Lund Email
By: John Lund Email

Political conventions are supposed to be unifying events, but the Michigan Republican Convention had it's share of disagreements. Some delegates voiced dissatisfaction in the nomination process for lieutenant governor.

Bill Cooper, who lost a congressional race in the primary, said the choice of State Rep. Brian Calley constituted a backroom deal and put his name in the running with the support of Tea Party activists. He argued officials should be elected, not appointed as is the tradition for lieutenant governor.

"We elect people, and when we elect them, its our job when we go home and when we leave this convention center to hold them accountable," Cooper said.

In an unusual move, the Snyder camp allowed the nomination of Cooper even though Snyder had already announced Calley as his running mate.

Cooper ultimately withdrew his name and threw his support behind Calley.

Snyder gave his assesment of the current state of the state and that Michigan can't be fixed, it has to be reinvented.

"We've dropped off a cliff the last few years," Snyder said. "And that's because we were so successful, we got too busy saying 'how do we protect what we have,' rather than looking forward in the world and look out the windshield and see there's a bright future for Michigan through innovation."

Snyder said his main concern is putting michigan back to work.

"Number one on the list is the need for more and better jobs," Snyder said. "That is the number one issue in this election. We need to focus on jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs!"


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