Washington — A group of women in Michigan is touting the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, and Janet Blanchard, a former associate director of presidential personnel under President Bill Clinton and the wife of former Michigan Gov. Jim Blanchard, are behind “Michigan Women for Hillary.”
The coalition was formed even as Clinton has yet to make an appearance in Michigan this year, while many Republicans seeking the White House made trips to the Wolverine State over the past six months.
An invitation for Friday’s gathering in Southfield obtained by The Detroit News said the event was to include “national leaders from the Hillary for President campaign.”
Some prominent progressive, liberal and labor activists in Michigan haven’t committed to Clinton. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley are among those vying for the Democratic nomination. Vice President Joe Biden — who has said he is considering a run — has visited Michigan 16 times and some have not endorsed Clinton because he hasn’t made a decision.
Stabenow endorsed Clinton in May 2014 and was part of a political action committee before Clinton announced her candidacy called “Ready for Hillary” that also included former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
Jeb Bush to return
Organizers of this fall’s Republican Leadership Conference said Friday presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will speak at the Mackinac Island gathering.
The Republican was last in Michigan on May 29.
The conference is Sept. 18-20 at the Grand Hotel.
“Bush’s insights about what worked in Florida are always welcome,” Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel said.