Jul 27, 2009
Bitter, party of one
With 28 of the current 37 Michigan State Senators being term-limited in 2010, speculation is high on who will run.
Many people are looking at the 44 State Representatives who were term-limited last January for possible bids, and according to subscription only MIRS, two-thirds of those may run for the Senate. It’s critical that Democrats take control of the Senate because good legislation passed by the House since 2006 has died in the Senate, and the Legislature will redraw the district boundaries in 2011.
The Republicans gerrymandered the district to benefit themselves so badly that more people voted for Democratic Senate candidates in 2006, but the Republicans maintained a 21-17 edge in seats.
MIRS outlined what the 44 former State Representatives are doing and what their future plans are. The response of Livingston County’s two former state Reps are interesting.
Chris Ward, R-Brighton, was a Republican marked for greater things, and he served one of his three terms as the House Majority Floor Leader. His tenure was not a good one, and he cast one intelligent vote that basically ruined his career. He voted with the Democrats in 2007 to raise the state income tax to avoid a brief government. Many people were trying to scrub up his image for another run while ignoring things like having the worst voting record in the House in his last two terms missing more votes than anyone.
Ward, who once served as Brighton Township Clerk, is currently the deputy clerk/register of deeds for Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson, a former state Representative who served a term with Ward and was the failed Republican Lt. Governor candidate with Dick Devos in 2006. As for Ward’s plan to run for the Senate, he said he has "no plans to ever to run for Senate or anything else ever again for that matter."
Sounds a mite bitter.
Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township, is “doing consulting work” and he announced back in February that he is a candidate for the Senate seat in the 22nd District that will be vacated by term-limited Valde Garcia.
The most interesting response came from former Rep. Glenn Steil, R-Grand Rapids. He is “the director of performance improvement for Result Global, a reinvention company in Grand Rapids.” “Asked if he was planning on running for any higher office, Steil asked the reporter for $100 before he granted an interview, reiterating several times that he was serious.”