Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Speaker Leonard Solidifies Front Runner Status In Attorney General Race, Raises Six Times More Than Schuitmaker

By Brandon Hall
(Email Him At

Speaker Tom Leonard raised nearly $400,000 for his Attorney General campaign in the last few months, giving him over $566,000 on hand as the campaign to replace Bill Schuette heats up.

Leonard touted his new numbers-as well as his grassroots support- in a press release Wednesday afternoon. He says his campaign has what it takes to win in November.
"I have been overwhelmed with the encouragement and support we have received since this campaign began just a few short months ago," Leonard said. "Our message of a safer, stronger Michigan is resonating across the state. We are undefeated in straw polls of grassroots activists, and we have received far more fundraising support than any other candidate in the race. We have the momentum, and we are ready to win in November."

His opponent, State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker, brought in a little over $60,000, bringing her total cash on hand to over $281,000, about half of Leonard's war chest.

Both candidates spent around $30,000 in the last few months, reports show.

At this point, Leonard is clearly the stronger candidate for the general election in November, and this report solidifies that fact. 

Winning will take money, and Leonard is proving he can raise the necessary funds to get his message out and compete all across the Great Lakes State this fall.

Leonard and Schuitmaker recently sparred over the controversial "Common Core" law in Michigan.

Schuitmaker helped implement Common Core in 2013, but has since changed her position and now opposes it. Responding to a recent video on the subject from Leonard, Schuitmaker says she is upset he has not held a vote to repeal in the House. Leonard still has nearly a year to hold that vote, though.

Republican delegates to the state convention in August will decide the Republican nominee for Attorney General, as well as Secretary of State, Lt. Governor, and Trustees for U of M, Wayne State, and MSU.

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

>>>Email him at


  1. Oh, so another politician who was for something before they were against the same issue. Who believes the flip/flop?

  2. I have to say that I get frequent snail mail and email messages from Schuitmaker telling me how conservative she is, but I don’t think I have heard anything from Leonard. If I don’t know someone, he’ll have an uphill battle getting me to vote for him. How am I to know who deserves my vote?