Trump champions 'Shuette' for Michigan governor

Jonathan Oosting
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing — President Donald Trump on Saturday championed Republican Bill Schuette’s bid for Michigan governor, but he spelled the attorney general’s name wrong in the process.

Trump praised “Shuette” on Twitter, saying he would be a “fantastic Governor for the great State of Michigan.”

“I am bringing back your jobs and Bill will help!” Trump wrote.

Trump corrected the spelling of Schuette in a second tweet Sunday morning.

Schuette thanked the president for his "strong support."

"Working together, Michigan will start winning again with more jobs, growth & paychecks," Schuette wrote on Twitter.

Schuette, a Midland Republican, launched his gubernatorial campaign Tuesday at his annual mid-Michigan barbecue. During the event, he noted a long running effort to make sure people understood how to pronounce his name, holding up a worn shoe with a piece of tape on it spelling out the letter “t.”

Schuette helped lead former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s presidential primary campaign in Michigan but became one of Trump’s most prominent supporters here during the general election, which saw Trump become the first Republican presidential candidate to win Michigan since 1988.

Schuette is vying for the Republican nomination against state Sen. Patrick Colbeck of Canton Township and Saginaw obstetrician Jim Hines. Lieutenant Gov. Brian Calley is also considering a run and is launching a town hall tour next month. Calley withdrew his support for Trump after lewd recordings from the Access Hollywood tape surfaced but has said he still ended up voting for the president in November.

Candidates seeking the Democratic nomination include former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing, former Detroit health department director Abdul El-Sayed, Ann Arbor entrepreneur Shri Thanedar and former Xerox executive Bill Cobbs.

El-Sayed was quick to respond to Trump’s tweet about Schuette.

“’Nuff said,” he wrote. “Trump junior.”