Skubick: Speculating about Snyder for president? You're asking the wrong person

An open memo to the national news media.

It was noticed recently that the folks at the New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time magazine and Politico.com all started their interviews on Gov. Rick Snyder's role in helping Detroit out of bankruptcy by ignoring that major story and asking first about all the speculation concerning 2016 and his running for president.

Those outlets may have noticed that he never answered the question. Welcome to the world of covering this governor. He has a propensity to ignore questions from time to time when it doesn't fit his agenda. But in this case, there is a major reason why he did not say yes or no. More on that in a moment.

Just after those media heavy-weights had at the governor, the executive office here sent word that the governor would be upping his national travel schedule to promote the good news/comeback story about the state he is systematically reinventing.

Well wasn't that special as it fit nicely into the suspicion that he was exploring a possible bid for the highest office in the land. What other reason would one go to New Hampshire or Iowa? Certainly not for the fun of it.

But as for a little insight on this "story," with all due respect the national folks are interviewing the wrong person.

Nobody has bothered to talk with First Lady Sue Snyder who has been on the record for over a year expressing her disdain for all this and just recently she confirmed it again.

"I would prefer that he not run," she offered during a year-end one hour interview on Michigan Public TV with her hubby holding her hand and at her side. You will find that the First Lady is pretty candid and does not hold back, unlike her spouse.

Last year during the same year end exchange, she made it very clear that he could not run for president if she did not sign off and she gave no indication that she would.

Asked two weeks ago to confirm that stance and she did.  "Absolutely" and she means it.

The governor sat there saying nary a word to refute her comments. He just let his self-described "Higher Authority" expound at will.

What if he came to her and said he wanted to run?

She looks at him in that all-knowing expression, "We'd have to talk. I don't want to say enough is enough" but then she confesses she doesn't want to be selfish but she was being realistic. "Yeah," she concludes.

She was asked what the headline would be the first time he went to the home of the first presidential primary New Hampshire?

"Oh, no," she gasped and then laughed.

 What's so funny?

"Because it's just so far out there," she candidly remarks concerning the national coverage of this Snyder-for-President gambit.

Well then if not president, some of the national folks have his name on the list for GOP vice president.

She nixes that, too. "He's not running for vice president."

And here's the other unreported angle on the story. The strategic minded governor is using the national media to promote the state and if that means taking their unending inquires about running for president, he's more than game. In fact he's been doing that for over a year.

He admits he is not encouraging this story but he's also doing squat to stop it.

"Are we getting more or less coverage because people are speculating?" he asks.

Answer: More.

"In a positive context, it's not about me, it's about Michigan" and he might as well add he is masterfully manipulating the national media to make it so.

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