Wonder what you would find if you frisked Lt. Gov. John Cherry’s gubernatorial campaign today?
The Detroit News reports:
Democratic Lt. Gov. John Cherry will make a major announcement about his political future around noon today. Party sources say he has decided against running for Michigan governor.
Longtime party fundraiser Faylene Owen confirmed today Cherry, who had not formally entered the race, won’t try to succeed Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm, saying the tough economy and Granholm’s record have made it difficult for Cherry to raise money.
Cherry’s apparent decision to drop out makes House Speaker Andy Dillon of Redford Township the favorite for the Democratic nomination, Ferguson said. Dillon has said he’ll decide this month whether to run.
Other Democratic candidates who have launched campaigns or indicated an interest in the governor’s race include state Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith of Salem Township, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, former Flint Mayor Don Williamson, former state Rep. John Freeman of Madison Heights and former Michigan State University football coach George Perles.
To be honest, if you were an individual keeping an eye on Michigan’s gubernatorial race, you probably saw this one coming. After all, it’s never a good sign when your trailing two of your potential GOP rivals by double digits and a third by five points. I think it’s safe to say that if John Cherry was the Democrat’s front runner, the shadow of Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s failed policies would lurk over his shoulders – similar to George W. Bush’s shadow over Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in the 2008 election.
Well conservatives… Is this a good thing or a bad thing for the up coming 2010 gubernatorial election?
*UPDATE* – January 5, 2009
Hours after Lt. Gov. John Cherry announced he wouldn’t run for governor, it appears that Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero (D) will make an announcement soon that he will be running for Governor of Michigan:
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says he plans to announce soon if he’s getting into the governor’s race, and made that move seem likely.
He said Tuesday in a statement that he’s “prepared to fight to restore Michigan’s economy” and noted many people “seeking bold and new leadership have urged me to run.”
Bernero filed the paperwork to start up an exploratory committee for governor two weeks ago.
Once again, another move by the Democrats that a lot of people saw coming – at least the citizens of Lansing, Michigan. Unfortunately for Virg, 81% of registered, active 2010 voters don’t even recognize his name. Here’s a description by the GOP of Michigan that basically sums up Virg Bernero:
A career politician, who bounced from county commission to state House to state Senate then to mayor to escape term limits. He is referred to as “America’s Angriest Mayor.” A major Granholm supporter, he has a near perfect voting record in support of the Granholm Administration. Think Howard Dean meets Nancy Pelosi.
Not to mention, the guy jumps around easy, direct questions while talking faster than an auctioneer bidding away your house. Watch and see:
Whoa there Vrig. It’s called breathing… Take some deep breaths before you pass out.