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Friday, December 10, 2010


Cherry: I'm Out Of Here

No regrets, no desire to be Democratic Party chair and no desire
to run for elective office again. Count Lt. Governor John Cherry as
ready to leave state government and to prove it, he turned in his
trusty Blackberry two weeks ago...thank you very much.
Left with his cell phone and thoughts of what might have been,
Cherry appeared in his final statewide public TV broadcast and tells
the Off the Record panel it is "not in my nature to focus on regrets"
so if he had any as he ends 35 years in this town, they will remain a
A relaxed and jovial Cherry made a strong defense of the
governor's performance in office saying, "The governor didn't go out
and bankrupt General Motors." Asked if the administration was a
failure, he countered that she had balanced the budget eight years in a
row and left the new governor will no deficit.
"I call that a success...she was a victim of bad breaks...she
diversified the economy," he went on.
He did concede the administration did not conquer the structural
deficit challenge but he quickly added that those who citizen her for
that "didn't meet that test when they were in charge." He did not name
Cherry believes it is time for the Michigan Democratic party to
redefine itself to bring in more groups based on geography and "get
more professions into the process." In so doing he concludes that
"some of the influence of labor would be diluted."
He chided House Speaker Andy Dillon for not being a team player
and for not including the governor in the discussion of health care
reform which Cherry says Dillon crafted by himself.
"He was not helpful; he was not part of the administration; he
had his own role" to play Cherry observes while at the same time he
called Dillon a "bright" person who wanted to advance his own agenda.
Cherry also citizend President Barack Obama for "negotiating
with himself" on the package of jobless benefits and tax cuts for the
wealthy. Cherry, unlike the governor, concludes, "You don't surrender
at the beginning" of the process.
As for his own failed bid to become governor, he says the
problem was money. He reports the UAW made financial promises that
were fulfilled, but others who pledged their support did not.
In the future he pledges to return to Flint and work for a
variety of groups to help the city recover from its economic challenges.
View the exit interview at


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does "SKUB" mean for the headline?

"will" should be "with" in the sentence on deficits

"citizen" should be "criticize" a couple of sentences later

Timmy-Please have Gail read this stuff before you hit send.

December 11, 2010 at 8:39 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lighten-up, this is a blog.

December 12, 2010 at 9:40 PM 
Blogger Uncle Fred said...

Mr. Cherry is a wise man. Hopefully we will continue to be advised by his perspective and experiance. We should not waste his presence in our deliberations.

I worry about what appears to be the looming issue of "Class War" as part of our body politic.

Take eleven minutes to view the following:

For Michigan Term Limits has been a disaster.

As to our party structure in Michigan: The comments on this blog are all relevant. Skoop thanks for your effort.

December 15, 2010 at 7:55 AM 

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