Auburn, Mich. -- Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., received two major endorsements this week in his bid for the Republican nomination for the state Senate seat representing Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties.
The second term lawmaker who serves as Associate Speaker of the House Pro Tem and chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, Monday was endorsed by Michigan Trump Republicans, organized by conservatives, TEA Party leaders, and veterans of President Trump's successful 2016 campaign in Michigan.
"Our endorsement of Gary Glenn recognizes his fearless legislative leadership while he's served in the Michigan House. Gary Glenn is the best candidate to represent voters in 31st Senate District," said Meshawn Maddock, co-founder of MTR. "Trump voters need to get to the polls in the Michigan primary on Aug. 7th. Electing Gary Glenn will mean that a great conservative voice will stay strong in Lansing."
“I'm grateful to Michigan Trump Republicans for their endorsement of my candidacy for state Senate,” Glenn said. “Ever since election night 2016, I've thanked God that Donald Trump --- and not Hillary Clinton --- is President of the United States. My campaign slogan since 2014 has been to 'make Michigan great again,' and with Michigan Trump Republicans' support, I hope to have the opportunity to continue my commitment to that cause in the state Senate.”
Tuesday, the National Rifle Association announced that Glenn is the only District 31 candidate for state Senate of either party to receive its endorsement.
"The NRA Political Victory Fund is non-partisan in issuing its candidate grades and endorsements," according to its website. "Our decisions are not based on a candidate's party affiliation, but rather on his or her record on Second Amendment issues."
Glenn received an A+ grade from the gun rights group, which says that grade goes to "a legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment."
"Former NRA President Charlton Heston used to say that the Second Amendment is the first freedom, since it's the final protection against a suppressive government, foreign or domestic, taking away all our other Constitutionally-guaranteed rights and freedoms," Glenn said. "I'm passionately committed to continuing his legacy and ensuring we protect our God-given right to defend ourselves, our families, and our property."
Glenn noted that his Republican primary opponent, former state Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, voted against state Sen. Mike Green's bill, now law, requiring that county clerks "shall issue" a Concealed Pistol License to any law-abiding citizen who completes the required training and passes a state police background check. Green has also endorsed Glenn's candidacy.
The anticipated Democratic nominee, Bay County Clerk Cindy Luczak, received an F grade from NRA, which Glenn, a Bay County resident, says will put even that traditionally Democratic-voting but socially conservative county in play this November. He noted that President Trump carried Bay County in the 2016 general election.
Glenn's campaign has also been endorsed by other organizations: Right to Life of Michigan, Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan, Campaign for Michigan Families, Citizens for Traditional Values, County Road Association of Michigan, Great Lakes Gun Rights PAC, Home Builders Association of Michigan, and the Michigan Freedom Fund.
In addition to those organizations, Glenn is endorsed by former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair, former Sen. Joel Gougeon, R-Bay City, former state Rep. John Stahl, R-North Branch, Michigan's Republican National Committeewoman Kathleen Berden, and dozens of other community leaders, elected officials and area residents