Michicagn Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (Carlos Osorio / AP)
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley called Friday for Michigan Republicans to unite behind former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land as their U.S. Senate nominee in 2014.
“Terri Lynn Land is the strongest possible U.S. Senate nominee for our party in 2014,” Calley said in a statement released by Land’s campaign. “She has a history of winning elections by historic margins and leading our party to victories in some very challenging years. Terri will win this race.”
“Now is the time for our party to unite behind Terri Lynn Land and I urge Republicans across the state to join me in supporting her.”
Land, the former two-term secretary of state, is the sole announced candidate for the GOP’s Senate nomination.
There is still one potential candidate who is publicly courting supporters — Dr. Rob Steele, an Ann Arbor cardiologist who unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, in 2010. Steele made the rounds at the Sept. 20-22 Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference and told The News he would make a final decision soon.
U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, said at the Mackinac Island conference that a couple of Republicans still may consider a run. Michigan GOP Chairman Bobby Schostak agreed then Land may not have cleared the field yet, but praised her handling of other potential candidates as smart and respectful.
Democrats have united behind U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, the Bloomfield Township Democrat who is a third-term member of Congress.