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In 2010 Michigan turned from a "blue state" to a "red state." Citizens were deeply concerned about ObamaCare, and came out in droves to stop the overall Obama Agenda.
Brian Calley became Lieutenant Governor during this historic election. Now he is up for re-election. Did Brian help stop the Obama Agenda in Michigan? Did he live up to the mandate that our Republican Party was given in 2010?
The answer is NO! In fact he enabled the Obama Agenda with his support of Common Core and Medicaid Expansion. Brian chose to support the special interests in the "political class" over your interests in the "middle class." He chose to place more debt on the backs of your children and grandchildren in order to increase the bottom line of those who profited from Obama's Medicaid Expansion. Brian Calley betrayed the base of our own Republican Party on the most important public policy issue of our day.
Fortunately you have a choice in the next election. You can choose Wes Nakagiri, a constitutional conservative, to be your next Lieutenant Governor. Listen to Wes as he narrates this 3 minute presentation describing his vision for the office of Michigan Lieutenant Governor.
On the important issues of the day, Wes Nakagiri stands by our Republican Delegates and our Republican Platform. He also stands with the majority of House Republicans and the majority of Senate Republicans on these critical issues.
Wes believes that our Republican Leaders should support the conservative principles outlined in our Party Platform.
*A voting scorecard focusing on issues of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and private sector growth has been compiled. Mr. Calley scored 50%. This means that half the time Brian betrays the base of our party as he does favors for the politically-connected in Lansing. Mr. Calley is a far cry from the 94% scores of the highest rated Republican legislators. See for yourself.
*The Calley campaign has taken issue with how his involvement in the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out has been characterized (SB 1293). That Mr. Calley takes credit for favorable accomplishments of this adminstration indicates that he should take blame for policy blunders such as SB 1293. See our in-depth analysis of this issue.
Compare the Policies
- Wes opposed Obama’s Medicaid Expansion while Mr. Calley supported it.
- Wes opposed ObamaCare Exchanges while Mr. Calley supported it.
- Wes opposed the tax on Senior Pensions while Mr. Calley supported it.
- Wes opposes Common Core Curriculum while Mr. Calley supports it.
*Note: The Mackinac Center for Public Policy was strongly opposed to Medicaid Expansion. Read their commentary.
Compare the Vision
- Wes believes the Lieutenant Governor should work with the Governor, not for the Governor. The Lieutenant Governor works for the citizens of Michigan.
- Wes views the Lieutenant Governor as an independent office as described in our Michigan Constitution. Mr. Calley views the Lieutenant Governor as an office which takes it direction from Governor Snyder.
- Wes views you, the Republican delegate and voter, as the most important part of the Republican Party. Mr. Calley views Mr. Snyder as the most important.
- Wes advocates for the policies and principles of our Republican Party platform. Mr. Calley advocates for Mr. Snyder.
- Wes is a leader for conservative values. Mr. Calley is a follower of Governor Snyder.
Wes is a Christian who believes in the power of forgiveness. View this 2 minute video for his experience with forgiveness and the American Dream.
In 1964 Convention Delegates rejected Governor George Romney’s suggested nominee and voted in their preferred choice for Lt. Governor. It is time for Republican delegates to once again assert their voting rights.
Did you know . . . There are 25 states where voters choose their Lieutenant Governor separately from their Governor. Indeed, in these states the Governor is not permitted to pick his Lieutenant Governor. Do not be deceived into thinking that you must rubber stamp the Governor's pick. Nomination rules in Michigan specifically authorize delegates to choose their Lieutenant Governor. It is time for Michigan delegates to excercise their voting rights and protect our Republican Party platform.
Mr. Calley has not been an effective advocate for the conservative principles espoused in the Republican Party Platform. We have seen Mr. Calley on the wrong side of issues pertaining to ObamaCare, voter I.D., the 2nd amendment, and religious freedom. We have also seen hypocrisy as Mr. Calley brags about repealing the Michigan Business Tax (MBT) - a tax that he co-sponsored while he was in the State House. See our two minute video with Governor Snyder as he describes the MBT as a "dumb" tax.
In his first term he betrayed us and worked against the Republican majority to pass a key component of ObamaCare. What issues would he work against us in the future? Remember, he would be term limited and wouldn’t face the voters again!
That he betrayed us on the most important issue of the day, ObamaCare, suggests that he could betray us on any issue. Would he work against us on increasing the gas tax, or bailing out Detroit?
Food for thought . . . If re-elected, Brian Calley would be the front runner to become the Republican nominee for Governor in 2018. Is Brian deserving of this given his support of key elements of the Obama Agenda?
Your Best Choice
Wes Nakagiri is a pro-life, pro-2nd amendment, pro-freedom, limited government conservative. He is a leader in the "citizen class," while Brian is a follower in the "political class." He will advocate and vote for the conservative policies described in the Republican Platform. Wes will be guided by principle, not by lobbyists or wayward party leaders. Wes increases the liklihood of victory in the general election by eneregizing our base to come out and vote.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the office of Lt. Governor important?
The political ruling elites understand the strategic importance of the office of Lt. Gov. They hired John Yob, a political mercenary in Michigan, to get Calley re-elected. In fact, unprecedented sums of money are being dumped into the LG race because the elites understand the power of this statewide office, the 2nd highest office in Michigan. Recall that Calley cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of taxing senior pensions; and he was prepared to cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of Obama’s Medicaid Expansion. Wes does not support tax increases and Wes does not support ObamaCare. Wes contends we would not have Medicaid Expansion if he had been LG.
The elites are well aware that Wes will unify our party by promoting the values and constitutional principles espoused in our party platform. It is passing conservative laws during the legislative season that leads to party unity during the electoral season. With unity, the base of our party can focus on defeating the Dems.
The office of LG also contains its own bully pulpit and media leverage. Wes will use these assets to promote our cause by recruiting, campaigning, and fundraising for conservative candidates. Wes will also use these assets to push back against policies that violate our platform, even if it makes other Republican leaders uncomfortable. As an added benefit, Wes will use the prestige of the office to reach out to youth and non-traditional Republican voters.
Because the LG is the President of the Senate, Wes will promote our cause by using parliamentary procedure in our favor. Wes has already ordered a copy of Mason’s Rules of Legislative Procedure to familiarize himself with Senate rules. We have all seen first-hand the power of Senate Rules at the federal level as Harry Reid has recently employed the “nuclear option.” Wes well understands the power of Senate rules to shape legislation and will use Mason's rules to support our platform.