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.