Lt. Gov. Calley to make announcement Tuesday

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley speaks to 24 Hour News 8. (March 28, 2016)


UNDATED (WOOD) — The mystery surrounding a much-hyped announcement from Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will be lifted Tuesday.

Calley has been teasing the announcement for weeks on social media. Many speculated that he would announce he is running for governor, but last week, WLNS capitol correspondent Tim Skubick said Calley will be announcing his support for a part-time legislature.

24 Hour News 8 asked Calley about it over the weekend, but he remained coy.

“I’ve heard all these theories. Some people think it’s an announcement about governor, some have said United States Senate, now some are saying part-time legislature,” he said. “The suspense, it’s so exciting. But stay tuned. You’ll have to wait ’til Tuesday.”

Tuesday is also the start of the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island, which is likely among the reasons Calley picked it for his announcement.

Calley, who has served as Gov. Rick Snyder’s lieutenant since 2011, will make another announcement on Thursday.

For five weeks, an independent political action committee has been touting Calley in online ads and building anticipation for the Tuesday announcement.

Snyder cannot run again due to term limits. The only Republican who appears to be actively campaigning so far is Saginaw doctor Jim Hines.

Attorney General Bill Schuette also is expected to run.

24 Hour News 8 political reporter Rick Albin will be on Mackinac Island for one of the biggest weeks of the year in Michigan politics. Live reports start Tuesday at 5 p.m. on 24 Hour News 8.