If Gov. Snyder is recalled, his replacement would be far more conservative

Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.
Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

If Michigan voters oust Gov. Rick Snyder in a recall election, his replacement will be a Baptist conservative who was considered one of the most right-wing members of the state Legislature.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley would take the helm if Snyder, a more moderate Republican, is recalled after a petition was approved Monday to remove the governor.

According to a Motor City Muckraker review of Calley’s record when he served in the state House from 2007 to 2011, the former lawmaker voted against:

  • Emergency contraception for victims of sexual assault;
  • Hate crime protections;
  • Anti-bulling measures;
  • Environmental regulations;
  • A bill to hold pharmaceutical companies liable;
  • Campaign finance reform;
  • Extending unemployment benefits;
  • Job training for the unemployed.

Progress Michigan, a liberal group, described Calley as “someone who consistently votes against workers, consumers, women and political reforms.”

Calley, a 38-year-old former commercial banker in mid-Michigan, became lieutenant governor in 2010.

Unlike other elected officials in the state, a successful recall would not trigger a special election because the state constitution outlines a succession plan, according to the Michigan Election Commission.

The prospect of Calley becoming governor puts voters, especially Democrats, in a tough position when deciding whether to support the recall petition, which requires 789,133 signatures in 60 days.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Frank Rossman

    Sometimes it’s the 2nd in charge that’s the bigger threat: Recall Snyder but, BEWARE CALLEY. He is the wolf in sheep’s clothing…

    https://youtu.be/bj7QLoNXXeM

  • Adam Rich

    So calley is against all the p.c. bullshit that the Mi.. Legislature endorses? What are we waiting for? Where do I sign the impeachment papers?

  • Frank Rossman

    Calley is the Architect of the Poisoning of Flint, so he should be in Federal custody by the time Snyder is recalled.

  • Unless Snyder is arrested, he is in office until 2018, as this so-called recall is a set up going nowhere fast — to help, Snyder.

    Rick Snyder Recall 3.0: The People Have Likely Been Hookwinked Before It Starts:

    http://www.reachoutjobsearch.com/2016/02/rick-snyder-recall-30-people-have.html#axzz3zVZgmn5j

  • Unless Snyder is arrested, he is in office until 2018, as this so-called recall is a set up going nowhere fast — to help, Snyder.

    Rick Snyder Recall 3.0: The People Have Likely Been Hookwinked Before It Starts:

    http://www.reachoutjobsearch.com/2016/02/rick-snyder-recall-30-people-have.html#axzz3zVZgmn5j

  • bebow

    Why would the Lt. Gov. escape being held accountable?

  • Dongald Trumpenis

    Hey. The public eye is on Republicans now. Let’s ditch Snyder, and let the public see an even WORSE example of GOP fascism to further push that party into the grave.

    This story ALMOST feels like a ploy to make libs back down on Snyder because the GOP has worse monsters to unleash.

  • Dongald Trumpenis

    Hey. The public eye is on Republicans now. Let’s ditch Snyder, and let the public see an even WORSE example of GOP fascism to further push that party into the grave.

    This story ALMOST feels like a ploy to make libs back down on Snyder because the GOP has worse monsters to unleash.

  • Harry Palmer

    Take a look at the laws Snyder has signed onto. You might want to re-think that “Moderate” label for him

    • Dongald Trumpenis

      Case in point: the recent “gag order” for giving out ballot information within 2 months of an election- Snyder SIGNED it, saying it was unfinished and that he hoped legislators would “fix it later”.

      What kind of garbage lie was THAT? If Snyder had an ounce of integrity he wouldn’t sign “unfinished” legislation. He’s obviously incapable of NOT SIGNING any partisan piece of filth that slides across his desk.

    • Dongald Trumpenis

      Case in point: the recent “gag order” for giving out ballot information within 2 months of an election- Snyder SIGNED it, saying it was unfinished and that he hoped legislators would “fix it later”.

      What kind of garbage lie was THAT? If Snyder had an ounce of integrity he wouldn’t sign “unfinished” legislation. He’s obviously incapable of NOT SIGNING any partisan piece of filth that slides across his desk.

  • Donald E. Hodge

    truly….truly..Painful.

  • capncasey

    California-style recall election would be much more fun…