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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.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Wake Up Tom

     It's a free country and obviously anybody who wants to run for governor can do so, but ya gotta wonder what some folks are thinking or are they?
     Nothing against Senator Tom George (R-Kalamazoo).  Frankly he's a pretty good guy, hard working, does his homework, and has eight years under his belt in the Michigan House and Senate.
     Out of nowhere, he forms an exploratory committee to run for the GOP nomination for governor.
     Asked if he was a long shot, he shot back, "I'm a credible candidate" adding, "You can't predict what's going to happen in two years.  Nobody would have predicted, I think a few years ago that we'd have a president Obama.  I'm not a long shot."
    Nice try, but if the Tom George for Governor thing is not a long shot, what the heck is?
    Nonetheless, you can't write him off. But let's be kind here: He has no name ID, unless you are reading this from Kalamazoo, he has no ready made base from which to launch a statewide campaign, and donors are not going to flock to his door with check and pen in hand.
    But, of course, George is right in that a lot could happen in two years.  Maybe he is the next Obama in Michigan.
    So welcome to the contest the man with two first names who also happens to be an anesthesiologist.
    And pundits will have a field day with that.  Not exactly noted for his fiery speeches or personality, someone may be tempted to write, "George's campaign will put you to sleep."
    George says he's heard the line before but quickly adds, "The bigger skill, if you are an anesthesiologist, is waking people up."
    Let's see if he can?


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