Why Wes Nakagiri is running for Lieutenant Governor
(Nakagiri is pronouced nah-kah-gear'-e)
I’m running for Lieutenant Governor to help propel the Michigan Republican Party to victory in 2014. In my view, having a grassroots conservative with a proven track record in the second slot will generate the excitement and enthusiasm necessary for a Republican victory in November, 2014.
(Click here to compare my record to the incumbent's)
My numerous contacts tell me that many party regulars and TEA Party activists are disillusioned with policies pushed by the Snyder administration. This is true of all wings of the Michigan Republican Party. Many are so disheartened that they have vowed not to work for the Governor’s re-election in a variety of important capacities including raising money, manning phone banks, canvassing neighborhoods, and working on Election Day.
Indeed, many in the base of the Republican Party and the TEA Party have indicated that they will not vote for Governor Snyder in 2014. Most are quick to add that they won’t vote for the Democrat candidate for Governor, but instead will skip the top of the ballot. In addition to having disastrous consequences for the gubernatorial race, not voting for the top of the ticket will negatively impact down ballot races.
When I secure the nomination for Lieutenant Governor at the August 2014 Republican State Convention the grassroots base of the GOP will be energized to work hard and help the Snyder/Nakagiri ticket win in November. Knowing there is a true freedom-minded leader in the 2nd spot will provide the spark necessary to motivate grassroots activists to staff the phone banks, go door-to-door, and volunteer at polls on Election Day.
Why We Should Say Yes to Wes for Lieutenant Governor
Many people view the position of Lieutenant Governor as simply “ceremonial.” Others view the position of Lieutenant Governor as an office with little influence in policymaking. Well, nothing could be further from the truth and here is why.
As the President of the State Senate, the Lieutenant Governor casts the deciding vote in the event of a tie in the Senate. In fact, the incumbent, Lieutenant Governor Calley, broke a 19-19 tie when he voted in favor of increasing the pension tax. The outcome would have been vastly different had I cast the deciding vote.
The office of Lieutenant Governor also carries with it the “bully pulpit”—if the occupant has the wherewithal to use it. However, the tradition in Michigan has been such that the Lieutenant Governor takes his marching orders from the Governor. When the Governor says “Jump,” the Lieutenant Governor asks, “How high?” Let me provide you with some real world examples.
While Governor Snyder has pushed major policy initiatives that are at odds with the Republican Party Platform, there has been nary a peep from the Republican Lieutenant Governor. In fact, Lieutenant Governor Calley has been an active supporter of Governor Snyder’s policies including not just increasing the pension tax, but also the Governor’s efforts to implement a state run ObamaCare Exchange, to implement a state-federal partnership ObamaCare Exchange, to fund Common Core, and to accelerate the implementation of ObamaCare in Michigan by expanding the failed Medicaid program.
Against the wishes of the majority of the Republican Party, and in opposition to the Republican Platform, Lieutenant Governor Calley acquiesced to his political boss and Lansing special interests. Who would have imagined that a Republican Lieutenant Governor would be actively supporting a policy like Medicaid Expansion, a policy that will accelerate one of the biggest expansions of government in our lifetime? Not only did Brian Calley fight for this expansionist policy, he berated Republican State Senators for not agreeing to support him.
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