Skubick: Lund out of the race for GOP chair?

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On paper, Peter Lund for state GOP Party chair looked so darn good. He was from vote-rich Macomb County, was a three term state lawmaker, had a great rapport with the news media and seemed to be liked by a lot of the players in town, not to mention his conservative credentials and a love of the political game.

But as you read this, Mr. Lund may already be an asterisk in Michigan political history because he got steam-rollered by Ronna Romney McDaniel.

Two months ago, the story line had Mr. Lund being one of the top-tier candidates. Out of respect for Bobby Schostak, the present chairperson, the savvy Mr. Lund waited until the current chair made his decision to stay or go.

Appearing on Off the Record in early December, Mr. Lund said if the chairman dropped out, "it would not be very long" before he made his decision to get in and all the arrows pointed in that direction.

Mr. Schostak bailed on December 19, and 25 days later Mr. Lund was still not ready to make a final decision.

His problem?

Governor Rick Snyder.

Even though Mr. Lund would not grant an interview on the subject, it's clear that the governor wants Ms. Romney McDaniel and generally in this town, what the governor wants, the governor gets.

The interesting twist on this story is that the governor does not really consider himself to be the person running the state GOP. That role is not on his reinvention agenda.

But here you have the governor and his insiders apparently up to their eyeballs in pushing Ms. Romney the niece of another Romney you may have heard of.

You know the guy who ran for president and may do it for the third time.

Mr. Lund challenged the governor but he's smart enough to know you don't do that unless you can win, and the cards appear stacked against him on that front. Plus he does not want to cause a rift in what some believe is an already fractured state GOP.

Asked if anybody had requested he drop out of the race, Mr. Lund gave away the story by responding, "No comment."

No need to say anything else.

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