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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    BREAKING: Land won't run for Governor, backs Bouchard

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 10:53:58 AM EST
    Tags: Land, Bouchard, 2010, Governor, Cherry (all tags)

    Standing in front of a backdrop that read "Fix Lansing.  Get Michigan Back to Work," Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land began her speech much the same way she begins most.  In six-plus years at the helm of Michigan's Department of State she has cut expenses, improved customer service and trimmed the ranks of taxpayer funded employees by twenty percent without a single layoff.  

    Invited to the Kent County Republican Committee's Grand Rapids headquarters by a press advisory that promised a long expected official announcement about Land's intentions regarding the 2010 gubernatorial race, media outlets from across west Michigan had their cameras rolling as she continued.

    She didn't deliver what they were anticipating.  There are things Michigan needs, she said.  Legislative experience.  Administrative experience. Leadership experience.  She'd found in someone else a candidate who represented, in her estimation, the best hope to turn the state around.  And then she introduced him.  

    Taking the press pool by surprise, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard emerged from a back room alongside his wife and joined the Secretary of State at the podium.  

    "We're both worried that our kids will be forced to leave Michigan to find jobs," Land continued.  And she believes Bouchard is the man to end that trend.

    And yes, This one was a real endorsement.

    Standing side by side it didn't take long for WOOD TV 8's Rick Albin to ask the next logical question... "Where will you look for a Lieutenant Governor?"

    Bouchard explained that geography is less important in an eventual running mate than skill and ability and then may have tipped his hand a bit.  "One (candidate) who would be and should be on anyone's short list is standing here," Bouchard said, nodding at Land.  

    The Secretary smiled... knowingly?  Not seeking the Party's gubernatorial nomination, perhaps, but very clearly not out of the Governor's race.

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    Interesting Development (none / 0) (#1)
    by RightMacomb on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 11:02:33 AM EST
    Well, that takes a strong westsider out of the race and potentially puts 2 metro-Detroiters to go head to head.  Interesting how she went with Bouchard and not Hoekstra, a fellow west-sider.

    Hey, look . . . (none / 0) (#4)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 02:44:05 PM EST
    . . . we agree here.

    Seems like an LG deal is being cut (none / 0) (#7)
    by ChBrown on Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 07:09:31 AM EST
    And way too early.  Land would have been a formidable Gov candidate. Now both just look like two desperate candidates cutting a deal to jumpstart two stalled campaigns.  Usually this happens at the end, not the beginning.

    TLL was my 2nd choice. (none / 0) (#9)
    by snoopygirlmi on Mon Jun 29, 2009 at 12:16:21 PM EST
    I was sad to see that she endorsed my last choice for gov.

    As a woman, I really like TLL; however, I really just want a guy leading the way out of this mess.  After Granholm, I think she'd have an uphill battle because of her gender - not her qualifications per say.  TLL does a lot of great things, but I think that the governor's office needs to be more masculine at this point.  JMHO.

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