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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.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Only Your Hairdresser Knows For Sure

      Speaking for the first time since the infamous incident, Saginaw County Commissioner and hair stylist to the governor Cheryl Hadsall confesses, "It wasn't my place to talk for her."
      Does she regret it?  "Absolutely," she concedes.
      In case it's slipped your memory, Hadsall made statewide headlines when she revealed that Gov. Jennifer Granholm had told her that if the "right job" came along Granholm would leave for the Obama administration.  It was the most definitive and honest evaluation the governor ever shared on the question of her possible departure.
       But when the story hit  Democrat Hadsall says, "I didn't like it in the meat grinder" and then the phone rang.  With the governor on the other end of the line, she asked, "Cheryl, what are you doing?"
       "I didn't know it was going to be printed," she explains.  The question came at the end of a newspaper interview that had nothing to do with the governor's future.
        She thought the remark was off the record, and when she learned it was not, she labeled it "a great learning experience for me."  Translated be careful what you say to reporters.  Sometimes that stuff ends up in print.
        Hadsall is pleased that the governor is staying in Michigan.  "She is a great voice," Hadsall suggests.
       And she is equally pleased that her ten-year hair styling gig has not ended despite the flap.  In fact that nifty hair do the governor was sporting at the State of the State was compliments of you know who.
       Cornered the other day at a conference in this town, she confirmed what she originally said was true which underscores the notion that only your hairdresser knows for sure what's going on...even in politics.


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