Michigan’s Gov. Rick Snyder, master of the political bait-n-switch, previously claimed he didn’t intend to run for a second term, much like right-to-work wasn’t on his agenda, but now the truth is out about his 2014 ambitions. Dennis Muchmore, his chief of staff, inadvertently(?) slipped that Snyder is itching for another go-round. Speaking at the Legislative and Public Policy Conference for the Michigan Society of Association Executives, The Detroit Free Press reports Muchmore saying:
“Leo Fender didn’t know how to play the guitar. He invented it before he knew how to play it, Dr. Seuss invented the word ‘nerd.’ We take a certain amount of pride in that word in our office. It worked for one election. It’ll probably work for another. I’m all about getting re-elected here folks. You may not be but I am.”
One must wonder if, when he visited Detroit this week, Snyder’s motorcade carefully avoided a billboard the Michigan Democratic Party erected on I-96 near Okemos, saying “Make Snyder a One Term Nerd”. He has a history of dodging. Shortly after he signed the recently repealed Emergency Manager law in 2011, Snyder visited Cadillac for an annual breakfast event. Protesters ringed the building on three sides, but never caught sight of the governor — as he snuck in and out via the service entrance.
He certainly is scrambling to mitigate some of the electoral damage RTW did to his numbers. In an effort to regain support among women, Snyder is moderating some of his 19th century reproductive rights policies. Last December he told House members their Blue Cross Blue Shield overhaul legislation was a no-go because it contained a provision that required women seeking an abortion to obtain supplemental insurance. Yesterday, the House was given the gubernatorial thumbs-up on legislation that removed that requirement. A couple of weeks ago, Democracy Tree broke the story about House members attempting to sneak through a cleverly-worded bill that would have required transvaginal ultrasounds, and again Snyder told Jase Bolger where he could stick that idea — making it clear he would not sign it into law.
It is doubtful that newspapers will be prepared to give Snyder those glowing endorsements a second time around. The Detroit Free Press slammed the governor after RTW, claiming he had misrepresented his agenda in his “One Tough Nerd” campaign. Editorial boards are an unforgiving lot with long memories — and they don’t like being made fools of.
Amy Kerr Hardin This article also appears in Voters Legislative Transparency Project