The list of Republicans subject to a possible recall is about as long as your arm as the anti-Snyder and pro-labor forces out there are on the march. But there isn't anybody in this town who believes for one second that dozens of lawmakers will be ousted from office.
But picking off one or two?
Now we can talk.
Item: Rep. Paul Scott (R-Genesee County).
Mr. Scott is a bit of an anomaly..a Republican in a heavily leaning Democratic region of the state. Yet he won his house seat, he says, by a comfortable margin as he "beat the UAW" in the contest last year.
He chairs the House Education Committee which has been steadily grinding out "anti-teacher" legislation according to the Michigan Education Association which is up to its eyeballs in trying to oust the chairman.
With a goal of 10,000 names to bring this to a vote, the recall effort, reportedly collected about a third of the signatures in less than a week. A $25,00O union contribution will certainly help as the August 5 deadline approaches.
Mr. Scott confides if they got every teacher and UAW member to sign, this could get interesting, yet he reflects, "whatever is going to happen will happen" which is code for there is not much I can do about this. It also masks the fact that he should be shivering in his boots.
Well apparently some other forces are not nearly as sanguine because somebody is paying for robo-phone calls into the district urging citizens not to sign the recall petitions.
One person supporting the recall could not be happier in that the calls are leading some of the citizens to ask, "I didn't know there was a recall. Where can I sign one?" In other words the strategy could back fire.
Mr. Scott concedes, "that could be valid."
The governor is getting into the act by attending a fund-raiser for the targeted Republican..that's a sure sign that there is some trepidation in the GOP ranks.
Scott, in an attempt to get the last laugh, suggests, even if he is recalled, he could actually run for the seat again and end up serving longer than he can now.
But first things first. For now Mr. Scott is on the state's endangered species list.