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, March 19, 2009
New Kid On The Stump
For weeks there have been signals in the GOP camp that some "out-of-the-blue" candidate might surface to challenge a host of other republicans for the 2010 nomination for governor. And out-of-the-blue comes none other than Rick Snyder. Ta. Da. If he walked through that door over there, you would not know Snyder from Adam…except for the clothes of course. Rick who? is really a 51 year-old native of Battle Creek with no practical politics under his belt, yet here he is hoping to parlay his business acumen into a job in the state house as CEO. He now runs a technology investment firm and to say the least his formation of an exploratory committee has everyone ta lking. There is speculation that the new state GOP chair Ron Weiser may have something to do with the emergence of the new kid on the stump. That could likely ruffle the feathers of others who are already in the field because supposedly party chairs don't get involved in primary candidate selection…at least that's the theory. There are already rumblings that Snyder is really a "liberal" in disguise with a record of supporting liberal causes and candidates in the past. If true, the state GOP has not seen the likes of that since Bill Millken, the last of the so-called liberal-moderate republicans. So welcome to the game Mr. Snyder, whatever you look like.