Former LG launches bipartisan charm offensive on Twitter

    Brian Calley | Wikipedia Commons
    Updated, 4:40 p.m.

    Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is out of office and on to another job as president of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM). And he’s also repeatedly been extending social media olive branches the next crop of Michigan leaders from both parties.

    In his farewell speech to the Michigan Senate last month, Calley, a Republican, said to incoming Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: “I wish you all the best success. That’s not a throwaway line. … Please call me anytime if there’s any way that I can help you advance the interests of the people in this state.”

    As a newly minted lobbyist in an era of divided government, it certainly behooves Calley to tweet compliments to Democrats and Republicans alike. But over the years, he has stressed his bipartisan credentials in key legislative wins like autism insurance reform and the Michigan Business Tax.

    Here are a few of the tweets Calley has sent since leaving office regarding Michigan officials.

    On Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget McCormack, who swore in his wife, state Rep. Julie Calley (R-Portland):

    Calley complimented Whitmer for declining to comment on the R-rated call for President Trump’s impeachment from U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit):

    On House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering)*:

    To Chatfield, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and House Minority Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills):

    To Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit):

    There was this humorous tweet about former Sen. Coleman Young II (D-Detroit) while responding to Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak):

    And Calley had some helpful advice for his successor, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II:

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