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The 2009 - 2010 Candidate Rumor Mill
One of the exciting things about Party conventions, especially in an off-year before massive mid-term elections, is the behind the scenes information and planning you can become privy to just by hanging out and catching up with old friends.
In 2010 just about everything is up for grabs in Michigan. We've got the Governor's race, the AG, the Secretary of State, the entire State Senate, the whole House, every member of Congress including Mark "I swear I won't run for Congress" Schauer and Yooooooooour (former) Lottery Commissioner Gary Peters... Supreme Court seats... the list goes on and on.
So what's the buzz around the convention thus far?
That's the tricky part. Let me be frank... if I wanted to play the part of Tim Skubick I could give you a dozen and a half early campaign announcements and rumors. And not just today or this weekend but for the past months.
But I'm not Skubick. I'm not a reporter. I'm a conservative who blogs and I count a lot of the men and women bouncing around this convention floor as friends... if I hear something specifically off the record or can't track down the candidate him or herself (or a top staffer) to verify it then I'm going to shut my yap.
I know. I'm lame.
But that's not to say there aren't some rumors that I'm able to substantiate. So here's the latest and greatest from MRP Convention Day 1:
In the 19th District Special Election its Mike Nofs or bust. The man has locked up support in and around the convention and was getting his name dropped by activists from across the state. This is going to be a national race and expected to see an infusion of millions of Dem dollars so watching the Party rally around a candidate with broad bipartisan cross-over appeal is exciting. Mike Simpson and Marty Griffin, look out.
Former Representative Judy Emmons is now a candidate for Secretary of State. Mentioned her swinging by the 3rd District caucus on Twitter last night and spoke with a few folks close to her. She isn't just thinking about it... she is IN.
Emmons served mid-Michigan residents in the House for years in the seat currently held by Democrat Mike Huckleberry.
Congressman Mike Rogers, the Detroit News reported last night, is OUT of the Party's gubernatorial sweepstakes. This move wasn't expected (I spoke with some on his staff only hours before the announcement asking if we'd hear anything this weekend, and then again this morning... even they didn't know it was coming) but it's a good one.
Watch the Dem spin on this and other candidate announcements. They would have very much liked Rogers to take a swing at the Executive office because his is a highly competitive swing district. The man originally won it by the narrowest of margins but darn it all if he hasn't proven to be one heck of a force in Congress and at the ballot box.
Had he stepped aside it would have been, perhaps, THE top pick-up opportunity for Democrats anywhere in the nation. Period.
Looked at in those terms, you can chalk up this announcement not as a bummer for the GOP Gov field but as GREAT news on the Congressional front. Props to the Congressman for doing the right thing!
The candidates making the rounds and pushing hard in the Governor's race remain Attorney General Mike Cox, Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, Congressman Pete Hoekstra and State Senator Tom George. Oakland County Exec L. Brooks Patterson is floating his own name but has a muted presence at convention.
Meanwhile, in the state Legislature, lots of action swirling around potential state Senate candidacies. The one tidbit that got me the most excited, and you're reading it here first, is that former Representative John Moolenar, termed out and replaced by freshman Rep. Jim Stamas, is said to be seriously considering a run at replacing Jim's brother Tony after he's termed out of the Senate. Almost karmic.
Education post rumors swirling too and I caught up and confirmed with Torion Bridges that he's going to take another swing at the Wayne State Board of Governors.
Will keep digging on races across the state today. Stay tuned.
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