LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder is expected topick a 33-year-old conservative state representative frommid-Michigan to be his running mate, a person close to the Snydercampaign told The Associated Press Tuesday.
Rep. Brian Calley of Portland will be announcedWednesday as Snyder's choice. The person spoke on condition ofanonymity because the campaign has not yet announced Calley's name.
The announcement is expected to take place at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Grand Rapids PublicMuseum. Snyder has a late afternoon town hall meetingplanned there.
Snyder campaign spokesman Bill Nowling would not confirm ordeny that Calley had been chosen. He added, however, that Snyder"is going to make a special announcement in Grand Rapids tomorrowat the town hall."
A request for comment was left at Calley's home and on hiscell phone Tuesday night. He'll have to suspend his campaign forthe 33rd District Senate seat to run for lieutenant governor.
Calley has been a state representative since 2007 and led theHouse Republican campaign effort in 2008. A former banker, he hasbeen behind a so-far-unsuccessful effort to change the MichiganConstitution to prohibit property taxes from rising when a home'svalue drops.
He also introduced a bill last year to exempt baby-sittingfrom the state's day care regulations after the Michigan Departmentof Human Services ordered a Barry County woman to stop watching herfriend's three children before they got on their school bus.Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed the bill into law lastNovember.
Snyder, a businessman from Washtenaw County's SuperiorTownship who has no government experience, had said he wouldconsider choosing a former or current lawmaker as a running mate.Snyder and Calley both hold master's degrees in businessadministration -- Snyder from the University of Michigan, Calleyfrom Grand Valley State University -- and are likely to sharesimilar ideas on how best to revive Michigan's struggling economy.
"Brian's a capable lawmaker with a good voting record on jobsand the economy. He's young and bright and hardworking and would bea very good choice," Michigan Chamber of Commerce President Rich Studleysaid. The chamber's political action committee endorsedSnyder earlier Tuesday.
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