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    BREAKING: Cherry out of gubernatorial race

    By dennislennox, Section News
    Posted on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 12:47:53 AM EST
    Tags: john cherry, 2010 (all tags)

    Last updated at 1 p.m. Tuesday

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    Lieutenant Governor John Cherry ended his gubernatorial campaign with an announcement at noon.

    Veteran Capitol reporter Tim Skubick, via WLNS and MIRS first reported the news, followed by RightMichigan.com overnight.

    Cherry's decision comes in the wake of months of internal and public polling that indicates all major Republican candidates beat or come close to beating Governor Jennifer Granholm's heir-apparent.

    With Cherry's departure, the Democratic Party primary for governor is wide-open. House Speaker Andy Dillon may run if the Democrats can cope with a nominally pro-life candidate.

    Most recently, a Rasmussen poll conducted for Detroit-based WJBK (FOX 2) reported Cherry lost to Congressman Pete Hoekstra by 14 points, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard by 10 points and Attorney General Mike Cox by 6 points.

    Cherry's favorable rating of 35 percent is also dismal, while Hoekstra has a 50-26 percent favorable/unfavorable rating.

    It's also an early sign that the White House wants to avoid a repeat of 2009 when Republicans picked up the governor mansions in New Jersey and Virginia.

    This also means Cherry realized he can't escape his dismissal record as the governor's helpmate for the past seven years; a period of time that saw one family leave Michigan every 12 minutes for a brighter future.

    It's a record of failed leadership -- including the Granholm-Cherry-Dillon tax increase of 2007 that put the final nail in the coffin of businesses on main streets across Michigan.

    It's a record of a broken state with the worst economy in the country, crumbling infrastructure, struggling schools and cash-strapped local governments.

    Most importantly, it's a record that can't be defended.

    Michigan has waived goodbye to her future. She has lost too many future doctors, scientists, engineers, job-creators, teachers and innovators because of Granholm and Cherry.

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    Sorry to see him go (none / 0) (#1)
    by Rougman on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 06:55:52 AM EST
    Beating that guy senseless at the polls would be like taking candy from a baby, albeit a rotund, bad tempered, colicky, and ugly baby.  

    I look forward to seeing who the next target is.

    I think you mean "dismal"... (none / 0) (#2)
    by rdww on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 08:54:38 AM EST
    ... rather than "dismissal" (and it's "waved," not "waived").  Still, I sort of agree with the poster above -- the best thing about having John Cherry in the race was that we'd be battling a guy with the charisma of a turnip and a dreadful economic record.

    Bring on Dillon (none / 0) (#5)
    by Republican Michigander on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 02:24:03 PM EST
    He'll get the same whooping Cherry would have gotten. Even better, a lot of dems don't like him that much either.

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