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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, August 30, 2010

Backstage at the D Convention

There are always two shows at any political convention namely what
seen by everyone and the other one unfolding backstage
where some really good stuff can be missed.
There was retired UAW President Ron Gettlefinger walking up the
aisle. The camera crew walked up looking for some instant analysis on
the convention. Turns out the usually talkative Gettlefinger declined
basically saying that was his replacement's assignment. "You
talked to Bob King?"
In the course of the off camera interview that followed, the 45-year
veteran of the auto workers labor movement reveals that a
publisher approached him about writing a book on those experiences.
Gettlebinger shot him down because the guts of the book would have been
what went on behind closed doors during all those delicate and
sometimes raucous labor talks. The former president could not bring
himself to tell all.
"What happens in the labor negotiations room, stays in the
negotiation room," he reflected.
Then there was the story concerning who was not there.
If you expected former House Speaker and defeated candidate for
governor Andy Dillon to show up, you expected wrong. He was a no-show
leaving some to wonder if he even wants a future in the state
Democratic Party? Privately he
and Bernero have talked about their differences on the campaign trail.
Other noticeable no-shows included the state's two U.S. Senators
Levin and Stabenow, Congressman Gary Peters, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing,
who did show up for a parade on Saturday, soon to be retired Congress
persons Bart Stupak and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick.
Candidate Virg Bernero demonstrated his moxie as a consummate child
of politics after his Sunday speech.
When it came time for the "class picture" of Bernero and the other
candidates at the top of the ticket, David Leyton for Attorney General,
Jocelyn Benson for Secretary of State and his running mate Brenda
Lawrence dutifully showed up center stage. As you looked at them from
the audience it was Leyton on the far left, Benson, Lawrence and on the
end Mr. Bernero.
Shortly after the cameras started clicking, Bernero leaned over to
Lawrence and whispered in her ear and then he neatly walked in front of
her and positioned himself, not her, in the center of the photo opt
where the governor candidate always stands.
Smooth move and the right one, too.


Blogger marv rein said...

it's good to stay clear of US rep.PETERs..condoning the MISSing $40k of federal drug money,,helping TROY hide this's only $40k,but the marked bills can be traced,BUT it seems US rep.PETERS,supports TROY's mayor,agrees it;s no CRIME, in a white city ,of TROY,but when money missing in DETROIT,,he's judge and jury.

August 31, 2010 at 3:29 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Get your eyes checked, both Senator Levin and Stabenaw were at the convention and spoke in caucuses and to the entire convention delegation. I do not expect you to have the same analysis of motives, cause and effect, etc., but it would seem like at a minimum you would be factually accurate--but then a again you are appearing on Faux News and there probably is a bonus for being factually wrong when it comes to Dems. If you are going to report Tim at least get the facts right.

September 1, 2010 at 6:03 AM 

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