Utility critic Gary Glenn blasts ‘dark money’ funding in explaining Republican Senate primary loss

Crain’s Detroit Business 8/14/18

Utility critic and free market advocate Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Township, is out of the Michigan Legislature, effective Jan. 1.

Glenn, the fiery, outspoken chairman of the House energy committee, supporter of Attorney General Bill Schuette for governor and enthusiastic member of the tea party, was defeated last week in the 31st District state Senate primary by Kevin Daley in a 59-41 percent vote.

I covered Glenn the past several years, as energy was one of his main passions and part of my beat coverage.

Glenn and I only discussed energy policy, not larger political matters. Campaign statements show he strongly believes in free markets, right-to-work requirements, term limits, Second Amendment protections and defining marriage as only between one man and one woman.

He was first elected in 2014 to represent the 98th District. As president of the American Family Association of Michigan, he co-authored the state’s Marriage Protection Amendment approved by voters in 2004. He was executive director of the Idaho Freedom to Work Committee from 1980-86. He also was a member of U.S. Army Reserves in the early 1990s during the Persian Gulf War.

Glenn’s wife, Annette Glenn, won the GOP primary for his House seat and will face off against Democrat Sarah Schulz in November.

In a Facebook post that he emailed to me late last week, Glenn said he believes what cost him the Senate primary election was his support of expanding Michigan’s electric choice program beyond the 10 percent now in law. Under a 2008 energy law, electric customers have a choice to purchase electri CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE

( and click here to go to Glenn’s Facebook page for his full analysis )

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