Kasich wins endorsement from Michigan lieutenant governor

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has won the endorsement of Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley before the state’s Republican primary next week.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder isn’t making an endorsement while he focuses on a water crisis in Flint for which his administration is being blamed.

Calley announced his decision Friday at Kasich campaign event in Holland, Michigan. He says Kasich has a track record of “extraordinary success” in the key presidential bellwether of Ohio.

Calley has an autistic child and has focused on improving mental health services. He says Kasich is “careful not to leave people behind” such as the mentally ill, disabled and substance abusers.

Calley touts Kasich’s success work across the political spectrum to get things done but also says “I’m going with my heart on this one.”