Granholm's husband does get his say
The call came just before the taping of the final exit interview for Gov. Jennifer Granholm and First Hubby Dan.
Mr. Mulhern has never been bashful about sounding-off when he thought his main squeeze was getting a raw deal from the media and or the public. He did not shy away from taking on the senate GOP leader from Oakland County when he tried to block her programs.
“I’m a citizen and I have a right to my views, and I have very strong views about the way things are going…I’m not going to apologize for that," he asserts on the tube.
And, of course, he should not. He has First Amendment rights, too. It’s just that there are some who wish he will sit on them rather than exercise them all the time. Some fear that creates more problems for his wife than are solved.
TV viewers will get a rare glimpse at this issue personified Wednesday on Detroit Public TV at 8 p.m.
Here’s what you'll see.
Mr. Mulhern is asked about his anger thing visa vie the woman sitting next to him.
He confesses he did get angry, “and you know, I still would.”
And she chimes in, “And he still does.”
He retorts, “I still do” and he acknowledges, “Not everybody loves that…”
Now she gets into the act.
“Babe, Babe,” she blurts out as she playfully moves her arm and hand onto his chest to literally hold him back just as she says, “I have to hold him back." He wonders if she is afraid about what he is going to say.
What a picture.
Nobody has ever seen that before or probably never will again. It is great TV and revealing.
She weights in with the notion that being a guy and all, “His gut instinct, you know as a man, is he’s going to defend her” referring to herself in the third person.
He concedes the point but adds, some think she is speaking through him when he speaks out. He strongly disagrees. He leaves the impression he is speaking for himself.
And that’s exactly what some of the Granholm handlers use to worry about. In a few days, it won’t matter any more, but it sure was a hoot to see them “get real” in front of the cameras.