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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, September 13, 2010

Let's Have a Coffee

Funny thing happened on the way to the Snyder town hall meeting.
Virg Bernero showed up, sat in the front row and then afterwards, in
front of the Snyder audience, asked his opponent to sit down over
coffee to work out the debate over debates.
The two shook hands and agreed to do just that.
Holy cow!
Double holy cow!!
This is a first. The two candidates have decided to give the
handlers and their lawyers the day off which means they have an actual
shot at getting this thing resolved.
Super high marks to both of these guys for having the guts to do
this and Bernero will pick up some leadership points for taking this
debate dispute into his own hands and trying to get this thing done.
Up to this point, Snyder, acting on the advice of his handlers, had
said there would be no debates. Period.
Benero went on the offensive calling on TV stations to hold a
debate and he would show up with or without Snyder.
It looked like this would be a stand-off with the voters the real
losers in all this.
This state has a long history of televised debates for governor
even though Mr. Snyder opined the other day "this isn't necessarily
this great tradition." It is and it deserves to be extended especially
in an election where the citizens know squat about these guys.
Having said all that, Mr. Snyder did not sign off on debates saying
he had not read Mr. Bernero's letter, but they have agreed to talk
about it.
That's progress and voters should be hoping the two can work this
thing out.


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