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, May 14, 2009
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow has flirted with running for governor and actually tried it 1994. But before she made her decision, she was real cagey about showing her cards. One recalls a poignant interview when she was hemming and hawing about whether she would or would not, and then she was hit between the eyes with this inquiry, "In your heart, are you running?" She took it like a right cross to the chops. She knew the answer was yes, but she was not about to give the reporter a scoop. Fast forward to right now. Some how or other Stabenow's name was showing up on the list of potentials for 2010. Finally tracked her down the other day to get to the bottom of this.
"Are you running for governor?"
No hems, no haws, no dodging, no weaving. "I will not run for governor," she blurted out. She is no dummy. She's got a job for life in the U.S. Senate. Plus she says Michigan needs her "right where I am" and it would be a "disservice to step away." She sits on the major committees which deal with Michigan challenges such as energy, advanced manufacturing and health care and in some cases she reveals, "I'm the only manufacturing voice on the committee." But the nagging question remains, if she was not interested, why would somebody put her name in the mix? Probably has to do with the fact that some democrats are squeamish about Lt. Gov. John Cherry getting the party nomination for fear he could lose because he's been so closely associated with Gov. Granholm. Stabenow was asked to respond to that and she quickly reverted to her old ways, "I'm not saying that" as she walked away into the sunset. Well one straight answer and one not so straight. In baseball .500 is pretty good.