Vice President Pence expected at mid-June Schuette fundraiser

Jonathan Oosting
The Detroit News
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette takes the stage with Vice President Mike Pence at a March 2 event hosted by "America First Policies"  at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit.


Lansing — Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend a private fundraiser in Michigan this month to benefit Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette’s campaign for governor.

Pence is set to attend the June 15 event at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Schuette strategist John Sellek confirmed Tuesday. The fundraiser will start at noon.

The vice president first backed Schuette for Michigan governor in November, when his new political action committee announced it would donate the maximum $6,800 to the Midland Republican’s campaign.

Pence was governor of Indiana until early 2017 and has maintained a healthy working relationship with term-limited Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley of Portland is also seeking the GOP nomination and is endorsed by Snyder, but Pence and President Donald Trump are both supporting Schuette.

“It is tremendous that Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Michigan to help my campaign for governor,” Schuette said in a statement provided to The Detroit News. “It will be an exciting day for Michigan and one more reason why we are ahead and we will win on primary day in August.”

It's not clear if Pence will do any public events during his upcoming Michigan visit. His full schedule has not yet been released. 

Pence last visited Michigan in May, when he delivered a commencement speech at Hillsdale College. The vice president praised the conservative liberal arts university as “a beacon of liberty and American ideals.”

Schuette has led public polls of the GOP gubernatorial primary, which also features Calley, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck of Canton Township and Saginaw obstetrician Jim Hines.

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee said Tuesday it is endorsing Calley for governor. The Michigan Chamber endorsed Schuette in March.

Michigan’s primary is set for Aug. 7.

Former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing, Ann Arbor businessman Shri Thanedar and former Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed of Shelby Township are competing for the Democratic nomination.