Oct 6, 2009
Whitmer announces run for Michigan Attorney General
State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, became the first Democratic candidate for Michigan Attorney General, according to a story in the Lansing State Journal.
According to the paper, she filed paperwork announcing her intention to run for state attorney general in 2010. She became the first Democrat to openly say she wants the Democratic nomination that will be chosen at the state Democratic Convention next year. The three Republican candidates have been campaigning activity.
It has been speculated that Whitmer will run for the past couple of months, even though she has a term left in the Senate, and she could be the Senate Majority Leader in 2010. She had this is just a first step in the process. Also mentioned as possible Democratic candidates are Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton and Farmington Hills lawyer Richard Bernstein.
Whitmer has a record of standing up for the consumers and the vulnerable, and she has been a sharp critic of Senate Republicans, and she has drawn the ire of Republicans, and some of it has been vicious, strident and sexist. In the LSJ article, GOP mouthpiece Greg McNeilly said Whitmer is a "liberal elitist" and "another Jennifer Granholm clone seeking fame and glory over the best interests of residents."
I’m not sure why being called a liberal is a criticism, considering the programs that have made life better for most Michiganders are liberal programs, but it is a code word to activate the GOP base.
Whitmer was first elected to the State Senate in March of 2006 after serving served in the Michigan House from 2000 to 2006. Whitmer was born in Lansing earned a BA degree in Communications law degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Michigan State University. Whitmer was a corporate litigator specializing in administrative and regulatory law with the Lansing law firm of Dickinson Wright. She practiced administrative law before the Ingham County Circuit Court and the Michigan Public Service Commission.