Schuette Silent As Calley And Colbeck Call For Townhall Meetings With Voters Across Michigan

Calley, left, Schuette, right (MLive)

Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley is ready to make his case in front of Republican primary voters, but Attorney General Bill Schuette seems to be reluctant.

Calley says voters deserve the chance to ask candidates tough questions.

“The next state election will determine whether Michigan continues its comeback or goes in a different direction, so Michigan Republican primary voters deserve the opportunity to ask all the GOP candidates for governor questions about their visions for the future of our state,” Calley said in a press release Monday morning.

Calley called for a series of town hall style events over the next two months.

 “That’s why I’m calling on all the candidates seeking the GOP nomination to commit with me to participating in a series of candidate town hall events throughout Michigan over a period of six weeks.”

So far, State Senator Patrick Colbeck has accepted, while Schuette remains silent.

According to MLive:

“It’s unclear if Attorney General Bill Schuette, a big hitter in the Republican gubernatorial field, will participate. His campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

But other gubernatorial candidates are primed for the challenge.

Sen. Patrick Colbeck, on WJR’s Frank Beckmann show Monday, said he, Jim Hines and Calley had agreed to the series of town halls.

“We’ve all agreed on a suite of town halls that we’re going to have, sharing our respective visions for where we want to take Michigan,” Colbeck said.”

Colbeck says the townhalls are important for voters.
‘We are excited to have the opportunity to compare, debate and discuss our plans to return this state to its glory days when Michigan was a leading economic engine, not just here but for the rest of the county,” Colbeck said in a press release. “This election could not be more important to Michigan’s future, and it’s important for the citizens of Michigan to know what they are voting for when they go to the polls.”
Schuette’s reluctance to accept the invitation could be a troubling sign he is scared to defend his record as a politician of nearly 40 years.

Republicans will need a candidate who is not afraid to aggressively pursue opportunities to communicate with Michiganders if they hope to win the Governor’s office in 2018.