Christie, Kasich to address Michigan GOP delegation

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Cleveland — Two of Donald Trump’s former Republican primary rivals will address Michigan’s national convention delegation this week, though they have different views about the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was passed over to be Trump’s running mate, will speak at the Michigan delegation’s Monday morning breakfast ahead of the start of the four-day Republican National Convention, said Sarah Anderson, communications director for the Michigan Republican Party.

Christie has been enthusiastic supporter of Trump since ending his own campaign for president in February. Despite that close alliance, Trump picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be his vice presidential nominee last week.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has not endorsed Trump since ending his White House campaign in May, is slated to speak Tuesday morning at the Michigan delegation’s daily breakfast at the Sheraton Suites hotel in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Last month, Kasich said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he wasn’t ready to endorse Trump.

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, who supported Kasich during the primaries and is a Kasich alternate, will speak on Tuesday as well.

Attorney General Bill Schuette, who has a Monday afternoon speaking slot during the national convention, will address the delegation on Monday morning, Anderson said.

House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, is slated to address the delegates on Wednesday morning. There’s no national speaker lined up to speak Wednesday yet, Anderson said.

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will speak to the delegation on Thursday, Anderson said.

Gov. Rick Snyder is coming into Cleveland on Thursday to host a mid-day brunch for the delegation at the Cleveland Public Library.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is hosting Michigan Republicans in Cleveland for a party Sunday night at the House of Blues.

Schuette held his own party for delegates Saturday night in Cleveland’s historic viaducts.

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