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Visits to The News' offices

August 13, 2008 - Steve Murch
Lt. Gov. John Cherry stopped by The News office this afternoon. It’s always interesting to sit down and chat with the decision-makers in government. Cherry has stopped by several times over the last few years, the first time was as a candidate as Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s choice for lieutenent governor.

There are some politicians who will try and talk around a question, but Cherry isn’t one of them. He is a plain-spoken straight shooter, which is nice to deal with — question asked, question answered.

One of the more interesting conversations came a few years ago when Bill Schuette was running for 4th District Court of Appeals, a seat he won in the 2002 election. Schuette, a Republican who had been a U.S. representative downstate, was an engaging conversationalist. He was a wealth of information and knowledge and his editorial board meeting lasted about an hour and half. Most editorial board meetings with us last about an hour due in part because of our remote location and the need for those who want to sit down with us to hit as many places as possible while in area. When asked about the gubernatorial race, which was Granholm against Dick Posthumous, he just shook his head and said he thought Granholm was too much of a “rock star” not to win.

While it’s true that most times politicians making the rounds have an agenda, but it shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing. It allows us as a newspaper to hear the message and share it with our readers. Too bad not all candidates want to use that platform because they view Northeast Michigan as not important enough because we don’t have many votes.

We have been fortunate on many occasions to have Granholm, Cherry, Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, stop for visits. Of course Rep. Bart Stupak makes numerous stops, and Stupak’s opponent in November, Tom Capserson has stopped by. Bill Speer and I view these as an opportunity to hear these candidates and share their visits with our readers. We don’t view them simply as a way to develop one way or another a basis for an editorial endorsement.

I’m sure as the political season heats up the visits will increase with some of the candidates and we look forward to sharing them with our readers.


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