In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Bob Who Remains Bob Who
Bob Who To Remain Bob Who When a politician contemplates running for office, they want to control when that announcement is made and they don't cotton to nosey reporters trying to move up the timetable. So when you try to pin down one of those slippery types, they won't give you a straight answer. Years ago before she ran for governor, now U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow said she didn't know if she would run. But then she got nailed with this follow-up, "In your heart, are you running?" You could tell by the look on her face that the answer was "yes" but she wouldn't say it. 0 Now comes Bob Bowman, the former treasurer during the Jim Blanchard administration. His name has been in the mix about a bid for governor in 2010. Appearing on the Off the Record public TV broadcast, Bowman was careful to leave the door open. But then he gave two revealing answers to two revealing questions: You don't have the fire in the gut to run? Answer after a poignant pause, "I think that's a fair statement." The other inquiry revolves around the fact that even though Bowman vacations at his summer home in Harbor Springs, he still resides the rest of the time in Connecticut. But yet he suggested he was still in touch with everything going on in Michigan. He apparently doesn't like the term "carpetbagger." Which led to question number two: If you are in touch than, who is the captain of the Red Wings? Bowman, who runs the IT arm of Major League Baseball, did not know Nick Linstrom. "I'm a baseball guy," he demurred as the egg dribbled down his face. So much for the Bowman boomlet for governor.