Will Republican infighting affect Bill Schuette’s campaign for governor?
On August 7, Attorney General Bill Schuette won the four-way race to be the gubernatorial candidate for the Republicans.
The following day, there was a unity rally in Grand Rapids in an effort to bring the party together after a fractious primary race.
Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, the leading opponent in the primary race, showed up to offer his endorsement. Schuette’s team declined his offer.
Nolan Finley, the editorial page editor of The Detroit News, joined Stateside to talk about that and another Republican snub from this week.
"I don't think that was the best way to start a campaign," Finley said. "Calley got a good measure of support in that primary. I mean, it wasn't a close race, but it was still a significant number. Bill Schuette is going to need every single Republican vote he can get to win this election. [...] Snubbing Calley was just a dumb thing to do."
Listen to the above interview to learn more about Governor Rick Snyder's decision to not endorse Schuette, how it might affect Schuette's campaign finances, and whether or not these two snubs will matter to voters in the long run.