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Tea Party Debates Lt. Gov Calley's Future

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)- In what would be an unprecedented move, the tea party is talking about booting Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley from the GOP ticket next year, over the objections of Governor Rick Snyder.

This is just one more example of a political battle between the governor and the more conservative wing of the state GOP.  

The governor is apparently hearing this for the first time as segments of the Michigan tea party are privately discussing finding a more conservative candidate to join the governor on the ticket.

Governor Calley supports policies that are not in line with the conservative wing of the party.

When asking Joan Fabiano, founder of Grassroots Michigan about if the discussions have started, she says that the discussions have started about the conservative option. "We think a conservative would better represent a majority of the party," said Fabiano.

The governor refuses to be drawn into a public debate with the tea party which has opposed him on a number of issues including the bridge to Canada, medicaid expansion, and raising revenue for the roads.

For his part, he's standing behind Calley on the ticket but what about the tea party challenge.

"Brian Calley is an outstanding Lt. Governor. He's done a tremendous job for the state and he's been a great partner in reinventing Michigan.....I would love to have him working with me."

Ms. Fabiano wants the GOP convention to make the pick and not the governor, suffice it to say he and they are not on the same page and the two sides may be headed for what could be a disruptive showdown.

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