Monday, January 29, 2018

Breaking: "No Show Schuette" Makes Surprise Stop At Grand Rapids Debate (Kind Of)

By Brandon Hall
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Attorney General Bill Schuette made a surprise appearance in Grand Rapids at the first debate between the Republican candidates running for Governor Monday night, a cardboard cutout version, at least.

The stand up was visible outside Kent GOP headquarters, and WMP snapped a pic.

Schuette refuses to participate in a series of townhalls with the other candidates.

Monday's event was hosted by the Kent County Republican Party in Grand Rapids, and it was a packed house of Kent GOP members, local politicians and candidates, as well as many Republican activists.

The next debate is Wednesday in Jackson, and Schuette says he will not attend that, either.

The debate is hosted by the Jackson Chamber of Commerce.

It's not clear how long Schuette will avoid debates, eventually, he will need to face Republican primary voters.

Kudos to Dr. Jim Hines, Lt. Governor Brian Calley, and State Senator Patrick Colbeck for attending tonight's event!

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

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  1. Why would he bother to debate folks who are not serious candidates?

  2. These so called debates are a sham. This is Calley propping up Colbeck to try and take votes away from Schuette. The truth is they never even formally invited him. No one from any of the three campaigns ever contacted the Schuette campaign to ask.

    1. No one ever contacted his campaign?

      Nice try.

      Face facts: Schuette just chickened out.

      If he cannot stand up to a real Republican like Colbeck and defend his record, how does he expect to do the same with the democrats?