Calley Takes Flak for First TV Ad –
He’s stalled out at second place in the GOP primary, running at least 10 points behind frontrunner Bill SCHUETTE.
Based on early filings with the Federal Communications Commission, WDIV-TV in Detroit is reporting an $87,125 buy for Calley and WJR-TV in Detroit reported $16,375 in spending. The campaign spent a combined $45,194 in the Grand Rapids media market and $9,250 on WJRT in Flint.
It’s not known how much was spent on internet ads and cable.
The ad features Calley running on a brisk morning through the streets of his hometown of Portland with a small crowd of people huffing behind him.
It’s notable that some of Calley’s lieutenant governor staff is in the video. Nick BUGGIA, Calley’s constituent relations representative, and Ben GEIGER, his long-time staffer, are visible in the ad. Michael STROUD, the treasurer of the pro-Calley MIPAC, is also running with Calley.
Column: Attorney general should ignore critics
he sexual assault scandal at Michigan State University involving Larry Nassar deserves a thorough, unvarnished investigation. The survivors and Michigan citizens need answers about how Nassar’s pattern of abuse was allowed to occur for so many years, and whether university employees and administrators have criminal responsibility for aiding and abetting or covering up his assaults.
Attorney General Bill Schuette has launched an investigation to find those answers and has built a legal all-star team to do so.
The investigation is being led by one of Michigan’s most esteemed prosecutors and the respected Michigan State Police. Bill Forsyth, the former Kent County prosecutor directing the MSU investigation, is widely respected by Democrats and Republicans alike as a man with impeccable character, integrity and prosecutorial acumen. He is an excellent choice.
Some politicians have sadly decided to use this tragedy as a self-serving opportunity to score political points. In my experience as a former county sheriff, those interfering with law enforcement investigations are not doing it for the common good. This smear campaign against our law enforcement officials is creating unnecessary distractions at a time when responsible leaders in Michigan should be focused on putting the interests of the survivors first.
Fortunately, that’s what Schuette and his team are doing. Schuette’s office led the prosecution of Nassar that resulted in a prison sentence of 40-125 years. Moreover, by insisting that the survivors were allowed to deliver statements in court, the attorney general’s office helped create a cultural moment that has elevated the importance of combatting sexual assault in our state and across nation.
The courage displayed by the young women telling their stories captivated the attention of the world. These strong women not only changed MSU forever, they are changing the way the world views the sexual abuse of women and the steps we must take to protect our families.
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