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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, August 26, 2010

Inside Out

The Snyder insider revealed the strategy about six weeks ago
and this week the candidate confirmed it. He indeed picked a
legislator with hands on experience, which Mr. Snyder lacks, to be his
running "partner" .
In fact without knowing it, Mr. Snyder underscored that point
when he noted that Rep.Brian Calley "can hit the ground running on Day
Mr. Snyder can not say the same thing about himself since he is
the consummate political outsider.
At some point somebody is going to ask, which is it?
If the GOP candidate for governor wants somebody who has Day
One credentials, why wouldn't the voters wonder why the guy at the top
of the ticket doesn't have the same resume?
Ken Sikkema, the former GOP leader and a Republican who was on
the list for Lt. Governor himself, warned about picking insiders for
the Snyder team.
He says it is all about "branding" and by going inside, Sikkema
figures, Snyder runs the risk of taking the pop out of his outsider
brand that was so popular with Snyder voters on August 3.
And that's the way Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer sees it as
he clobbered the Calley choice as the insider who has ties to the
established power hierarchy at the Capitol.
So which is it?
But Mr. Brewer can not have it both ways either. He's got a
candidate who ran from the outside against insider and House Speaker
Andy Dillon. But remember Virg Benero is a child of the legislative
process and has been on that career path from the first day he cracked
a book at Albion College.
Since he does not need an insider to get the job done on Day
One, Bernero is looking for an outsider to balance the ticket that way.
At the end of the day, however, it's unlikely that voters will
pick a candidate for governor based on their side-kick's credentials…in
or out of government.


Blogger marv rein said...

it's not inside or outside,,it;s stepping up to the plate,,but explain WHY,,our NICHIGAN Auto,trade and smaller union let MICHIGAN down.
People claim about high wages,simple work,but UNIONs were in my time 1970-90 was WORK safety UNions,aND THE CORRECT WAY OF PUTTING YOUR WOTK ASSIGNMENT TOGETHER,so after 30 years,,one should stay be in health. Now UNIONs are the worse offends,of health and safety,,and the worse wages,,WHY?? GREED.of upper union officals/
with all this road and other constrution,,the UNION shouls have health and safety,and over-site as a HOBBY,to make sure what is being built,is what actionably being BUILT..but NOPED,these UNION safe guards,,are sitting around claiming NO JOBs..I;m retired at 65K tax free,and I go out everyday,and take notes ,of the UNsafe building being built,,and no where to sent a report,of sloppy builders.there r plenty of these JOBs,,for workers concern when people say they do good as,-union work,,I laugh,,as MICHIGAN roads,break up in less then a YEAR,,becasue the lowest bids,,mean low standards of work.and id anyone running FIR giverment was GOVERMENT,,stay HOME..anyone can do work like you did,,sit and talk,,we need new blood,even's wrong,,can not be any worse,,and the people in government,take your Great Undeserving retirements,,cause thats,going to change QUICK.

August 26, 2010 at 6:26 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It is Adrian College not Albion College for Bernero. Reader tip-Don't hire Skubick to do your taxes or proofread.

August 26, 2010 at 11:25 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Virg went to Adrian, not Albion College. As an Albion College grad, I want to keep our brand pure!

August 27, 2010 at 8:40 AM 

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