By Brandon Hall
(Email him at WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com)
Prominent Michigan politicos tell WMP State Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof wants to be Governor, and as a result, he is making the moves needed to run in 2018. Meekhof knows he has a big problem with, among other groups,Conservatives.
After all, Meekhof relentlessly pushed Prop 1, a winner for the Senator's campaign bank account but a loser statewide, the biggest defeat for a proposal in Michigan history.
Meekhof was also vital in bringing Obamacare to Michigan, changed Senate rules to hinder public and media access, and backed shady real estate transactions like the MSP building and new #MeekhofSenateBuilding that left taxpayers on the hook for special interest deals...That's just the short version.
Because of that, look for Meekhof to push the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, and a repeal of Common Core in Michigan. Meekhof is already in active discussions about legislation on those and other issues as well.This is also why he pushed the religious objection adoption bills.
Repealing "prevailing wage" was part of his plan, but Snyder won't sign it and his veto can't be overridden, leaving the fate of that policy in the hands of a citizen's petition drive for now. Meekhof is solidifying his establishment cred-and future campaign donations-by ferociously pushing a road package popular with the Lansing crowd that violates his campaign promise to fight tax increases.
Could Arlan Meekhof beat Bill Schuette, Paul Mitchell, Candice Miller and/or Brian Calley? It would be immensely hard, but Arlan is not to be underestimated. Though he didn't graduate college, he is one of the smartest people in Lansing. Gov. Snyder's 3 degrees don't mean a damn thing to Meekhof, Arlan is politically "street smart" and can more than hold his own when dealing with Snyder and anyone else. He would also probably be the only candidate from West Michigan, giving him access to large amounts of campaign cash from prominent families and business interests in the region. (And when one hasn't held coffee hours or a town hall with Constituents in almost 3 years, one has plenty of time to solicit funds.)
Meekhof spent the least of 7 contenders to win his State House primary in 2006, and has climbed the Lansing ladder ever since. Can he keep climbing? He's street smart, now he needs some "street cred" with conservatives as the kids say. A more in depth breakdown in the coming weeks, stay tuned...
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
>>>Email him at WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com
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