Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder won the endorsement from former Governor Bill Milliken today, which further solidifies “efforts to reach moderate voters”, according to Jeff Cranson in The Grand Rapids Press.

“As we choose a new governor for Michigan, we need someone who has the experience, the intelligence and the leadership skills required to hit the ground running in January to begin implementing the change we need,” Milliken’s statement said. “We need a governor whose goal is to pursue innovative and farsighted approaches to turning Michigan around, not just to score a short-term political victory. … I have come to the conclusion that one candidate stands out for his experience, his vision and his commitment to working with the entire state. That candidate is Rick Snyder.” The full statement is available here.

Snyder’s endorsement from Milliken, who has been a leading voice on environmental issues, plays to the Ann Arbor businessman’s efforts to attract voters who view “conservation” and “the environment” as a priority. Snyder has also earned support from the League of Conservation Voters and Republicans for Environmental Protection.

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