Late Wednesday night, WZZM-Grand Rapids reported that Republican Governor Rick Snyder will not endorse GOP nominee Bill Schuette this year. Schuette told WZZM that he is “staying out of politics."
After a nasty primary that pitted Snyder’s Lt. Gov. Brian Calley against Trump-endorsed Schuette, Snyder has repeatedly refused to back the Republican nominee Schuette and couldn’t even bring himself to say whether he likes him [detroitnews.com]. Schuette has also been under fire for his refusal to preserve [medium.com]Snyder’s Medicaid expansion in Michigan.
Two months before the November election, and Governor Rick Snyder says he is not endorsing any of the candidates to replace him. Not even fellow republican Bill Schuette.
“I’m staying out of politics,” he said Wednesday night in Grand Rapids. “I’m governing.”
Governor Snyder did throw his support behind Lt. Governor Brian Calley in the Republican Gubernatorial Primary, but Calley lost to Schuette. Now Governor Snyder says he is not getting involved in the November race.
“I made it clear I am staying on government,” he says.
The relationship between Snyder and Schuette has deteriorated in recent years, but the Governor does not say that is the reason he is withholding his endorsement.
“I have always viewed myself as a traditional politician and there are a lot of things I want to get done before I am finished. So I want to stay focused on getting more and more and better results for our citizens,” he explains.