Earlier today Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) held a press conference where she was expected to announce her intentions to run for Governor in 2010. Instead, she announced that she was putting and end to her exploratory committee and was endorsing Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard.
The following is an excerpt from her comments during the press conference:
I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration as a Republican candidate for Governor in 2010. To my colleagues seeking the nomination, I wish you the best of luck. The challenges ahead are great. I believe Michigan needs a leader like Mike Bouchard. I’ve worked with Mike for many years. I have always been impressed with his ability to make tough decisions. And I also appreciate his resourcefulness and grit: Mike is a real bulldog who won’t let challenges go unmet.
We’re both worried that our kids will be forced to leave Michigan to find jobs.
Mike realizes that it took a long time – and a lot of bad decisions – for our state to get here. He knows that there aren’t any easy fixes or simple solutions to turn things around. Mike will do what’s right rather than what is popular. And that’s the kind of leader we need to get Michigan working again.
And here’s some of what Bouchard said:
I’m really happy to have Terri’s support – it means a lot to me and my campaign. Terri’s well respected across the state. She’s a consensus builder who isn’t afraid to make the touch choices. From day one as Secretary of State, she looked to cut costs and make her department more efficient. We need more leaders like Terri who are working to turn our state around.
Terri’s endorsement is another big step forward for my campaign. She is respected across the state as a true leader. As Governor, I know that by working with leaders like Terri, we will fix Lansing so Michigan can get back to work.
When asked “Where will you look for a Lieutenant Governor?”
Bouchard responded, “One [candidate] who would be and should be on anyone’s short list is standing here,” as he nodded toward Land.
The two also released the following video:
If you would’ve asked me who I honestly thought would win the race, I would’ve said Terri Land, so this comes as a shock to me.
But I think I may see where she’s coming from – a lot of people have said that as a woman, she’d be disadvantaged in the race, since she’d be running right after Granholm, who’s seriously screwed up the state. Personally, I don’t think people will blame the state’s problems on electing a woman governor, but I may be putting too much faith in Michigan voters.
I think this move does tell us one thing though: Mike Bouchard has most likely picked a running mate, and I’m willing to bet that that running mate is Terri Land.
I was still undecided as to who I was supporting, but Land was up toward the top for me, and now that both her and L. Brooks Patterson have dropped out, I’m pretty much back to square one for figuring out who I’ll be backing.
I’ll continue to cover the race up until Election Day in 2010.
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