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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wow Revisited

It was one of the funnier moments during the Snyder transition march.
Gov. Rick Snyder introduced his new Michigan State Police director and
then he had to rescue HER when she declined to answer a pointed
question: What's your position on capitol punishment?
As reported in this space two weeks ago, Col. Kriste Etue was the
proverbial deer in the head lights and she knew it. All she could come
up with was: "Wow." That's when the governor took the microphone and
changed the subject as she faded into the wood work.
Well in this biz, at first you don't succeed, you make another call
and the new MSP director graciously returned the call and had an answer
this time: She is neutral on the death penalty.
To quote her, "Wow!"
This is not exactly a new topic and every cop worth his or her salt
at some time or the other must have thought about this, but that was
her story and she was sticking to it.
"I don't have a personal opinion," she expanded on her first
answer. "This is not on my radar," she goes on.
She does admit however that if lawmakers ever revisit the explosive
issue, she could develop a department position but for now, forget it,
she is not taking a stance.
So why didn't she just say that the first time out?
Well turns out in her pre-news conference skull session, where her
handlers try to anticipate every question under the sun, they missed
that one.
Maybe she would favor life behind bars for them?


Blogger marv rein said...

??? Death Penalty ?? Did Not the can't make-up my mind people,in Governement put Michigan in That condition.
Detroit..stated Bankrupt,,and that city kepts on fact..Detroit is rewarded with Grants falling like rain.
for the last 3-4 years,,the DNR?DRQ???has put great stress,,on the hunters and fisherpersons in this state,,and with all this snow..have NOT heard,,one ad that promotes SKIing or winter sports.
But you can go down 16 mile,,,in TROY,,and most of the DRINKing places are full.with managerment from businesses to big to fail.
and managerment drinking,,does Not promote the state,,but puts,,TROY,Michigan as the place to be.

January 13, 2011 at 4:52 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"they" missed that one because there is no death penalty issue in Michigan. Do a google news search stretching back one year and there's nothing.

Geez Tim, find another dead horse to beat, will ya???

January 13, 2011 at 1:07 PM 
Anonymous Mike said...

Wow is right. Boy does Kristie Etue dispaly great leadership and decisiveness by her quote. She is no cop or leader and that is for sure. Hey Tim ask her if she supports the death penalty that the feds have in MI or if she supports the death penalty in the case wehre a cop is killed.....

January 15, 2011 at 2:26 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tim: "Capitol" punishment??! Are you trying to be funny? The "capitol" is the big domed government building in Lansing, or can can refer to Lansing itself. But the death penalty is "capital" punishment. Of course, the governor and his adminitration, after their first bruising months in office, might think that THEY are victims of "capitol punishment"!!

Anyway, it was good for a laugh.

January 17, 2011 at 9:50 PM 

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