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