Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Schuette To Speak In Cleveland As Rifts With Snyder Spotlighted Yet Again

Snyder, left, Schuette, right

By Brandon Hall
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Rick Snyder will be the first Michigan Governor in decades that doesn't chair their party's delegation for the national convention.

Snyder's apparently not even going, though he may hold a reception nearby. Attorney General Bill Schuette on the other hand is not only attending, he is speaking Monday at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

According to the Detroit News:

"Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said Tuesday he’s been asked to speak Monday during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Schuette announced the prized speaking spot in a campaign email to supporters.

“I am excited about this opportunity because by working together in Cleveland to build a unified team, we will take back the presidency. We simply will not turn the keys to the White House over to Hillary Clinton,” Schuette wrote in the note to supporters."

The announcement comes as Schuette and Gov. Snyder's feud continues to flare up.

Schuette recently announced he would not support Gov. Snyder's decision to appeal a court ruling that declared teachers were improperly docked millions in pay.

According to Emily Lawler at MLive:

"The Court of Appeals in a June 7 ruling said that the money was collected unconstitutionally and should be returned to teachers.

Schuette said Tuesday he would not represent Gov. Rick Snyder on an appeal.

"After reviewing the appellate decision in American Federation of Teachers v. State of Michigan ... the Attorney General is declining to provide counsel if the Governor wishes to appeal the 3% MPSERS (Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System) ruling," said Schuette spokeswoman Andrea Bitely.

Less than two hours later, Snyder's office said he would in fact be pursuing an appeal."

A few days later, Snyder announced he wouldn't take part in Schuette's lawsuit over President Obama's transgender bathroom directive.

According to the Detroit News:

"Schuette joined the complaint in his official capacity as attorney general representing “the people of the state of Michigan,” as opposed to the state government.

Snyder “opted not to have the state as party in this lawsuit,” said spokeswoman Anna Heaton. “Michigan faces many other important issues at this time that we are focused on.”

Snyder and Schuette, long at odds stylistically and politically, most recently clashed over charges against Snyder that state staff was getting in the way of Schuette's investigation into the Flint water crisis. That dispute was subsequently resolved.

>>>Of note: Interestingly enough, the protesters under fire for attacking Schuette's house last week over the Line 5 Oil Pipeline are the same people who protested at Gov. Snyder's home months ago because of the water issues in Flint...

Stay tuned!
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson

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