It’s a rough year for lieutenant governors nationwide, incuding Brian Calley of Michigan, says national politics writer James Hohmann of The Washington Post.
He assumes Attorney General Bill Schuette will easily defeat Calley for governor in Tuesday’s Republican primary:
If the polls are correct, Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will lose by double digits in today’s Republican primary for governor. He’s got the strong support of outgoing Gov. Rick Snyder (R), who he has loyally served for eight years. Snyder, the former chief executive of Gateway Computers, is even paying out of his own pocket to run ads touting Calley. But state Attorney General Bill Schuette secured the endorsement of President Trump, largely because he supported him after the “Access Hollywood” tape broke in October 2016 when Calley would not.
Trump’s endorsement may also make the difference in today’s gubernatorial primary in Kansas. Ignoring pleas from aides and the Republican Governors Association, the president yesterday tweeted a strong endorsement of Secretary of State Kris Kobach over the Republican incumbent. After two terms as lieutenant governor, Jeff Colyer replaced Sam Brownback in January when he resigned to become a U.S. ambassador at large for religious freedom. Most GOP strategists believe that Kobach, who served on Trump’s short-lived voter fraud panel, is so polarizing that he could lose to a Democrat in the fall — even in a state as red as Kansas. That’s why Bob Dole, among others, reiterated his support for Colyer after the president’s tweet…
Even before Calley and Colyer face the voters, 2018 has already been a historically abysmal year for Republican lieutenant governors running for promotions to the top job.