Here’s who has endorsed Republican candidates for Michigan governor

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has the endorsements of President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and numerous other Republican leaders. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has the endorsement of his boss, Gov. Rick Snyder, and his campaign says it will announce others in due time. State Sen. Patrick Colbeck has the endorsement of several tea party leaders. Dr. Jim Hines has not announced any endorsements.

Republicans running for governor are beginning to lock up endorsements that they intend to use to bolster their campaigns to voters.

The GOP gubernatorial primary race is heating up between Attorney General Bill Schuette and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, both in office for eight years of complete Republican control of state government.

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State Sen. Patrick Colbeck of Canton Township and Saginaw physician Dr. Jim Hines also are actively campaigning to succeed term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder.

Here’s a list of major endorsements so far.

Attorney General Bill Schuette

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley

Calley this week week announced a list of advisers he is referring to his “kitchen cabinet.” While not a traditional endorsement, the group is led by former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and includes Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett, Orion Township Supervisor Chris Barnett, Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle, Bloomfield Township Supervisor Leo Savoie, CJ Galdes, deputy state director for President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, and Chuck Yob, a GOP strategist and former Republican National Committeeman.

“We will be rolling out endorsements at the right time throughout the course of the campaign,” Calley campaign spokesman Mike Schrimpf told Bridge in an email.

“We previously announced an extremely strong finance committee led by (business leaders) Dan and Pamella DeVos, Phillip Fisher and Jim B. Nicholson as well as regional leadership teams. We will have additional endorsements in the very near future.”

Sen. Patrick Colbeck

  • Fox News host Sean Hannity
  • U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas
  • Dave Agema, Republican National Committee member, former Michigan state representative
  • Jack Lousma, retired NASA astronaut
  • Bob Dutko, Christian talk radio host in Detroit
  • Mark Gurley, Michigan Republican Party grassroots vice chairman
  • Bob Lutz, former General Motors vice chairman
  • Dawn Dodge, director of the speaker’s bureau for the Republican Women’s Federation of Michigan
  • Rick Warzywak, director of Transformation Michigan and co-director of the Michigan Oak Initiative
  • Ted Fricano, Republican activist and Ottawa County co-chairman for the 2016 Trump campaign
  • David Barton, founder of national pro-family organization, WallBuilders
  • William Wagner, former federal judge and U.S. Department of Justice diplomat
  • Catherine Engelbrecht, president of True the Vote, an elections integrity organization
  • Wes Nakagiri, founder of ReTake Our Gov

Dr. Jim Hines

None reported.

Campaign spokesman David Doyle said via email Hines has received endorsements from voters, but that he didn’t expect groups to endorse his campaign since he is running against three elected politicians.

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Thu, 04/05/2018 - 9:01am

Bill Shuette and Pat Colbert will probably be quite appealing to Republican serfs in Michigan who believe it will trickle down to them and MAGA.

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 9:19am

The first two names on Mr. Schuette's endorsement list are enough to keep me from voting for him.

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 11:54pm

Well David you obviously missed that last name that cinches the really big deal. Ha!
When the Really Big Political Machine gets so totally behind someone I get scared that it will only be a rerun of what preceded it. IE another four years of power to the big businesses with very little trickle down to the masses. Then as a Candide I would be scared if Trump and Pence endorsed me as he did the almost Senator from the South who lost. Can you imagine being cast even in the same arena as the moral ineptitude loser Trump tried to ram through. We Michiganders are really in trouble unless we get out and vote our conscience to do the right thing.

Barry Visel
Sun, 04/08/2018 - 9:35am

With all the interest in Russian social media influence in our recent national elections, I have trouble reconciling acceptance of endorsements (not to mention money) from outside our State. Maybe someone can explain the difference to me.