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Mich. Tea Party Wants New Lieutenant Governor

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Some vocal members of the Michigan tea party are not giving up in their efforts to remove the state's Lieutenant Governor from the republican ticket this fall.

And now, for the first time, Lt. Governor Brian Calley is telling our 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick he plans to stay "right where he is."

Reporter: "Got enough votes to win at the convention to win the nomination?

Lt. Governor Brian Calley: "That I'm very confident of."

Three years ago when candidate Rick Snyder picked former Portland lawmaker Brian Calley to be on the ticket, the tea party tried to pick someone else. Mr. Calley survived that and now he is feeling confident he can survive this.

This man is running for Lt. Governor and believes some conservatives may not vote for Gov. Snyder, but if you put a more conservative on the ticket, and this man does not believe Mr. Calley is a true conservative, then the Governor can win.

Wes Nagakiri, Lt. Governor, Candidate: "So you put a conservative in this second spot as Lt. Governor, you're going to give conservatives a reason to come out."

The contest comes down to which side can get enough convention delegates to the nominating convention in August.

Brian Calley (r), Lt. Governor: "The support that's been expressed to me is very wide and very deep."

This local Tea Party activist is not tossing in the towel and accuses Mr. calley of using questionable tactics to block tea party delegates from going to the convention.

Joan Fabiano: "I think he's using all the tools that he has as an incumbent to try to make sure he retains his position of power."

Democrats are hoping this party split will produce a divided GOP at the very time it should be united for the fall elections.

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