On the important issues of the day, Wes Nakagiri stands by our Republican Delegates and our Republican Platform. He also stands with the majority of House Republicans and the majority of Senate Republicans on these critical issues.
Wes believes that our Republican Leaders should support the conservative principles outlined in our Party Platform.
Compare the Policies
- Wes opposed Obama’s Medicaid Expansion while Mr. Calley supported it.
- Wes opposed ObamaCare Exchanges while Mr. Calley supported it.
- Wes opposed the tax on Senior Pensions while Mr. Calley supported it.
- Wes opposes Common Core Curriculum while Mr. Calley supports it.
Compare the Vision
- Wes believes the Lieutenant Governor should work with the Governor, not for the Governor. The Lieutenant Governor works for the citizens of Michigan.
- Wes views the Lieutenant Governor as an independent office as described in our Michigan Constitution. Mr. Calley views the Lieutenant Governor as an office which takes it direction from Governor Snyder.
- Wes views you, the Republican delegate and voter, as the most important part of the Republican Party. Mr. Calley views Mr. Snyder as the most important.
- Wes advocates for the policies and principles of our Republican Party platform. Mr. Calley advocates for Mr. Snyder.
- Wes is a leader for conservative values. Mr. Calley is a follower of Governor Snyder.
In 1964 Convention Delegates rejected Governor George Romney’s suggested nominee and voted in their preferred choice for Lt. Governor. It is time for Republican delegates to once again assert their voting rights.
Mr. Calley has not been an effective advocate for the conservative principles espoused in the Republican Party Platform. We have seen Mr. Calley on the wrong side of issues pertaining to ObamaCare, voter I.D., the 2nd amendment, and religious freedom. We have also seen hypocrisy as Mr. Calley brags about repealing the Michigan Business Tax (MBT) - a tax that he co-sponsored while he was in the State House.
In his first term he worked against the Republican majority to pass a key component of ObamaCare. What issues would he work against us in the future? Remember, he would be term limited and wouldn’t face the voters again!
Would he work against us on increasing the gas tax, or providing amnesty for illegal aliens?
Your Best Choice
Wes Nakagiri is a pro-life, pro-2nd amendment, pro-freedom, limited government conservative. He will advocate and vote for the conservative policies described in the Republican Platform. He will be guided by principle, not by lobbyists or wayward party leaders. Wes increases the liklihood of victory in the general election by eneregizing our base to come out and vote.
Why Wes Nakagiri is running for Lieutenant Governor
(Nakagiri is pronouced nah-kah-gear'-e)
I’m running for Lieutenant Governor to help propel the Michigan Republican Party to victory in 2014. In my view, having a grassroots conservative with a proven track record in the second slot will generate the excitement and enthusiasm necessary for a Republican victory in November, 2014.
(Click here to compare my record to the incumbent's)
My numerous contacts tell me that many party regulars and TEA Party activists are disillusioned with policies pushed by the Snyder administration. This is true of all wings of the Michigan Republican Party. Many are so disheartened that they have vowed not to work for the Governor’s re-election in a variety of important capacities including raising money, manning phone banks, canvassing neighborhoods, and working on Election Day.
Indeed, many in the base of the Republican Party and the TEA Party have indicated that they will not vote for Governor Snyder in 2014. Most are quick to add that they won’t vote for the Democrat candidate for Governor, but instead will skip the top of the ballot. In addition to having disastrous consequences for the gubernatorial race, not voting for the top of the ticket will negatively impact down ballot races.
When I secure the nomination for Lieutenant Governor at the August 2014 Republican State Convention the grassroots base of the GOP will be energized to work hard and help the Snyder/Nakagiri ticket win in November. Knowing there is a true freedom-minded leader in the 2nd spot will provide the spark necessary to motivate grassroots activists to staff the phone banks, go door-to-door, and volunteer at polls on Election Day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the office of Lt. Governor important?
The political ruling elites understand the strategic importance of the office of Lt. Gov. They hired John Yob, a political mercenary in Michigan, to get Calley re-elected. In fact, unprecedented sums of money are being dumped into the LG race because the elites understand the power of this statewide office, the 2nd highest office in Michigan. Recall that Calley cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of taxing senior pensions; and he was prepared to cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of Obama’s Medicaid Expansion. Wes does not support tax increases and Wes does not support ObamaCare. Wes contends we would not have Medicaid Expansion if he had been LG.
The elites are well aware that Wes will unify our party by promoting the values and constitutional principles espoused in our party platform. It is passing conservative laws during the legislative season that leads to party unity during the electoral season. With unity, the base of our party can focus on defeating the Dems.
The office of LG also contains its own bully pulpit and media leverage. Wes will use these assets to promote our cause by recruiting, campaigning, and fundraising for conservative candidates. Wes will also use these assets to push back against policies that violate our platform, even if it makes other Republican leaders uncomfortable. As an added benefit, Wes will use the prestige of the office to reach out to youth and non-traditional Republican voters.
Because the LG is the President of the Senate, Wes will promote our cause by using parliamentary procedure in our favor. Wes has already ordered a copy of Mason’s Rules of Legislative Procedure to familiarize himself with Senate rules. We have all seen first-hand the power of Senate Rules at the federal level as Harry Reid has recently employed the “nuclear option.” Wes well understands the power of Senate rules to shape legislation and will use Mason's rules to support our platform.