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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.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Cherry Out?

   Incredible, shocking, and unbelievable.  Pick your adjective to describe the widespread speculation that the front runner for the democratic nomination for governor is poised to drop out of the contest.
     No one from the John Cherry campaign was available to confirm the story, but there are strong indications that his decision could be announced as early as Tuesday.
     The buzz on the streets for weeks has been getting louder that the Lt. Governor was having difficulty raising money and he was battling the naysayers, many of whom reside in his own party, that he can not win in November even if he got the nomination.
     Those who support House Speaker Andy Dillon for the nomination have been quietly shopping that story line behind the scenes, and Lansing Mayor Virg Benero has gone public with that same statement.
     The ironic element of this story is that there were many who felt Cherry would have been a good governor with his long legislative history, his ability to work both sides of the aisle and the mutual respect he earned from both R's and D's.
     But his close linkage to the incumbent Gov. Jennifer Granholm was a hump he had to get over, but he steadfastly refused to toss his boss under the bus.  He was too loyal to do that.
    So with the frontrunner headed for the sidelines, this town will go nuts over who might come off the sidelines and get into the now wide open contest for the coveted democratic nomination.
    Incredible, shocking and unbelievable and then some.


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January 4, 2010 at 10:41 PM 
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Blogger Dave Lambert said...

I wonder if the political operation in the White House played a role in Cherry's decision?

January 5, 2010 at 8:51 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reeks of Mark Brewer. Let Dillon fight the MEA/UAW, work with Bishop, and appear to buck Granholm. When his centrist credentials are complete, poor John falls on his sword.

January 5, 2010 at 9:12 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God we will NOT have a failed Granholm third term. I know for me I have been blown away by Granholm /Cherry. Oh by the way I am one of those laid off worker who DIDNOT get 60% of my pay when I got laid off and I didnot get a big fat buy out package.

January 5, 2010 at 9:40 AM 
Blogger Phil said...

This whole deal reminds me of the scene in On the Waterfront. Steiger band Brando(substitute Granholm and Cherry) in the back of the car. "It was you" I coulda been a contender, I coulda been somebody"

January 5, 2010 at 1:31 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm shocked but have not thought that Cherry could win for a lot of reasons not just his association with Granholm although that is probably the biggest one.

January 5, 2010 at 3:45 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Marlinga needs to forget about wasting time in the State Senate.

Cox can lose statewide because he is not from Grand Rapids.

To win a Republican must turnout money and support from Grand Rapids, like John Engler.

Cox ---- like Granholm --- is a McNamara Machine tool from Livonia.

Any Democrat from Wayne County or Detroit (Archer) will lose statewide because they are all tainted by the stink of the McNamara Machine.

Ficano is corrupt and actually worse than McNamara, because he is totally incompetent.

The Democrats only way to win statewide is with a Macomb County Democrat, such as Sheriff Mark Hackel or Carl Marlinga.

Both Marlinga and Bonoir are UAW loyalists. The UAW hates Dillon

Just like Fieger, Marlinga's past troubles could endear him to voters in the state's urban areas such as Detroit and Flint.

Marlinga the outsider with insider experience, vs. Cox the self-serving windbag.

Marlinga vs. Cox would equal a narrow victory for the Democrats.

January 5, 2010 at 8:37 PM 

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