I started in politics as a conservative grassroots Republican like many of you. Early in life I was more concerned with spending time leading songs in my church and starting my young family. But eventually I was fed up with what was happening in Lansing under Democrat leadership and what is now referred to as “The Lost Decade.”
So I got involved with the Ionia County GOP, eventually serving as Chairman and later ran for State Representative. I had the pleasure of serving with conservative champions like Justin Amash in the State Legislature. During that time we worked together with other conservatives to advance the principles of limited government with the Constitution as our road map.
While in the House, I sponsored legislation for a Part Time Legislature, sponsored pro-life bills, and worked hard to move our caucus in a more conservative direction. I have been a conservative voice in state government and I am proud of my conservative record.
That is why Congressman Justin Amash endorsed my renomination as Lt. Governor very early:
“Lt. Governor Brian Calley stood with me from day one when I decided to run for Congress. He’s a great friend and ally, and I’m honored to support him.”
– Congressman Justin Amash
I must admit that I was surprised when Rick Snyder called me four years ago, shortly after he won the GOP nomination, and asked me to run at the convention as nominee for Lt. Governor. He wanted someone who would be a conservative voice in his administration and who had served in the legislature.
I am very proud of our conservative accomplishments, and also the role that I had in helping to move policy and decision-making in a more conservative direction.
- We passed Pro-life Omnibus legislation. We passed an important prolife omnibus bill that has made a real difference for life. Also, I was the original sponsor, and personally introduced, the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out bill when it was in the House (HB 6201) during the 2009-10 session. That same legislation recently passed through a citizen referendum. When it comes to Pro-Life issues, I carry a perfect voting record, and I am The Conservative Voice in the Administration.
I have sponsored and co-sponsored many other pro-life pieces of legislation when serving in the House and carried the endorsement of Right to Life of Michigan each time I ran for the State Legislature.In fact, Ed Rivett, Legislative Director of Right to Life of Michigan, recently wrote:
“Brian has always been an unwavering ally of the pro-life cause and has remained so during his term as Lt. Governor. We could not hope for a more committed individual serving in the Lt. Governor’s office.”
- I do not support Obamacare. Let me be clear, I do not support Obamacare. I worked hard with the State House to move the Healthy Michigan (Medicaid) bill in a more positive direction. Although it is not a perfect bill, I am confident that my work made this a more conservative option than what otherwise might have passed and been signed into law.
- I have always defended our 2nd amendment rights. I am a lifetime member of the NRA and carried their endorsement with an “A Rating” each time I ran for the State Legislature. I have a perfect voting record in upholding the 2nd amendment. As a gun owner, I believe the constitutional protections reserved for and by the people are non-negotiable, a message I carry everyday as The Conservative Voice in the Administration.
- I spearheaded the repeal of the Michigan Business Tax (MBT). In 2007, as a freshman State Representative, my work made the Michigan Business Tax more conservative. Even though the Democrats controlled the House and Jennifer Granholm was Governor, I was successful in efforts to include the small business threshold exemption and greatly expanded the Small Business Credit, which saved about 70% of the businesses in Michigan from being hurt by theMBT. As Lt. Governor, working with a Republican Governor and legislature, we finished the job and repealed theMBT making Michigan’s corporate tax code one of the ten best in the nation.Rob Fowler, Small Business Association of Michigan President and CEO recently said:
“It is disingenuous for people to attack Brian Calley for his involvement with the MBT. They should be thanking him for making it more conservative and for his work that led to the MBT’s eventual repeal.”
- We passed historic Right to Work legislation. Together we were able to pass something that just a few short years ago seemed impossible. In fact, Right to Work wasn’t at the top of the Governor’s to do list when he first took office, but it has been a goal of mine right from the beginning. I played a central role behind the scenes to make Right to Work a reality, as The Conservative Voice in the Administration.
In order to move policy in a more conservative direction, the Lt. Governor needs to have access to the Governor, and credibility with the legislature. I am proud that the Governor moved the Lt. Governor’s office from 3 floors away to literally directly next to his. My office is where the Chief of Staff has been in previous administrations. This access allows me to make conservative arguments internally as decisions are being made, rather than trying to work from the outside through the press or other channels.
The bottom line is our Administration has vigorous debates behind the scenes but we come out with united positions. We are not always in 100 percent agreement but my voice is heard and the result of my involvement is more conservative policy.
I hope that you will agree that I am the right person to continue to serve our party and our state as Lt. Governor and that you value having a conservative voice that is heard inside the administration.
I hope I can count on your support at the upcoming State Convention.
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
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