Schuette Expected to Officially Jump Into Governor's Race Today
September 12th, 2017, 7:43 AM
All along it's been pretty clear that Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has had his sights on governor's job.
Late Tuesday afternoon, he's expected to announce his candidacy at a barbecue in his hometown of Midland, Paul Egan of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Schuette, at least for now, is the presumed front-runner. His toughest competition is expected to be Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who has yet to officially declare. It's unclear how much the taint of the Flint water crisis Calley will have to deal.
Schuette has been able to use the Flint crisis as a platform to show he's tough on crime and concerned about the public's safety. He's gone after members of Gov. Rick Snyder's administration.
During the presidential campaign, Schuette supported Donald Trump.
It may be hard to predict how his support of Trump will play out with the voters and how big of an issue it will be in 2018.
To date, declared Republican candidates Dr. Jim Hines, a Saginaw physician; Sen. Patrick Colbeck, a Canton aerospace engineer; insurance agent Joseph DeRose of Williamston, private investigator Mark McFarrlin of Pinconning, and Evan Space, a Lansing student and small business owner.