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
Maybe she would favor life behind bars for them?