It was a curious response. A reporter had just finished doing the Dan Mulhern radio program and it seemed as good as time as any to inquire: Are you guys moving out of state?
Mulhern paused for a moment and obliquetly offered, "I don't know."
Now we know.
Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm broke the news on Politco.com and news it was. She was fixin to write a book with her hubby, he and she were going to lecture at the University of California at Berkeley, she had inked a deal to be a paid consultant with "Meet the Press" and the dynamic duo had signed on with a reputable booking agency to get her lots of very expensive public speaking gigs.
Chances are that will up to a tidy pay check that will far surpass the $159,300 she dragged down as CEO of the Wolverine State.
Adios Michigan and California Here I Come.
In an email from the former First Gentleman, he lamented that they would be gone for two years but he and she also needed to be near her parents. Her dad has some health issues.
"We feel trepidation and sadness at leaving Michigan for a while," he wrote members of the Granholm constituency, "especially as the state struggles to get its own roots into more nutritious soil."
And there in lies the rub.
There will be some who observe, "She put Michigan in the tank and at the first offer, she bailed out."
In an attempt to take some of the edge off of any push back, Mr. Mulhern reveals the family is on a "serious prowl" to find a lake home in Michigan near an airport.
The ex-governor is really no different than those who came before her. Jim Blanchard got a nifty, highly-paid job in D.C. and ditto for John Engler. They both have abodes back here and she now joins the club.
Hubby Dan concludes his missive with hopes that "you'll keep us close to the place and people we love so well."
That'll go over like a lead balloon with the anti-Jen cabol.