Midland's Glenn influential at GOP state convention

GG_speaking_at_convention_2016.jpgLansing, Mich. -- Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, was an influential presence at the Michigan Republican Party's state convention Friday and Saturday in Lansing, winning an opportunity to be the only Midland County resident to serve as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July, while three candidates for other national party positions who asked Glenn to give their formal nominating speeches also won hotly-contested races, each time after only one ballot.

"It's an honor to represent Midland County and all Michigan Republicans this summer at the convention in Cleveland," Glenn said, "and to do my best to help ensure we nominate a presidential candidate who can make the case that the only way to restore America's greatness is by returning to the principles of individual liberty and limited government found in our U.S. Constitution. That's the only way we'll fulfill our duty to leave to our children and grandchildren the same free, prosperous, and secure America that we inherited from our parents and those who came before them."

During Friday night's caucus of 159 state convention delegates representing Midland and fourteen other mid-Michigan counties in the 4th Congressional District, Glenn was elected as a national convention delegate for Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who won Midland County in Michigan's March 8th presidential primary.

"Senator Cruz's commitment to the Constitution and to fiscal conservatism, traditional American values, and a strong national defense can be trusted," Glenn said, "because it's a matter of principle, conscience, and life-long conviction. It's a privilege to have the opportunity to join those supporting Senator Cruz at the national convention."

Glenn will be one of the 4th District's three national convention delegates after defeating three other candidates for the Cruz delegate position on the first ballot, winning 103 out of 159 votes, the highest vote total received by any candidate for the six delegate and alternate positions filled Friday by the 4th District.

He said Saturday he was "also humbled to have played a role in helping ensure other people of good character were elected at state convention to national leadership roles for our state and party."

During Friday's caucus, Glenn made the nominating speech for Margaret Copeland of Midland to serve as the 4th District's national convention alternate for business executive Donald Trump. Copeland also defeated multiple candidates after only one ballot, running so far ahead that her nearest competitor -- former Sen. Roger Kahn of Saginaw -- withdrew his name and endorsed Copeland. She and Glenn will be the only Midland County Republicans to represent Michigan at the national convention.

Glenn also made the nominating speech Friday for former state Sen. Alan Cropsey of DeWitt to serve as the 4th District's national convention alternate for Cruz. Cropsey also won on the first ballot with 100 votes, the second highest vote total for the night.

Saturday morning, Glenn was asked to address a larger audience -- the full state convention of over 2,000 delegates -- to make the formal nominating speech for Dr. Rob Steele of Ann Arbor to serve as Michigan's Republican National Committeeman. Steele won an overwhelming majority of convention delegates' support on the first ballot, leading his one opponent to make a motion before results were announced that Steele be elected unanimously by acclamation.

"It's not often in politics, or anything in life, that you get to bat a thousand," Glenn said, "but this was certainly a good weekend. I'm grateful to 4th District delegates for their faith in me, and to Margaret Copeland, Al Cropsey, and Rob Steele for the honor of being asked to nominate and speak on their behalf. I'm very happy for them that they won, and gratified to have had the opportunity to play a role in their victories."

The Republican National Convention will be held July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio.