Detroit News endorsed venture capitalist Rick Snyder (R). Snyder "eschews partisanship. He's a businessman, not a politician, and is seeking elected office for the first time. He has intentionally structured his campaign to appeal" not just to GOPers, but to Indies and "moderate" Dems "as well."
Snyder "has a gift for identifying promising ventures and helping them to their feet."
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero (D) "has worked in politics his entire career. He has been an able mayor of Lansing; his claims to have balanced the budget with innovation and efficient management are for the most part true, and admirable. He also has an appetite for the aggressive action it will take to set things right in Lansing. But he is very much a partisan politician" (10/15).
Bernero Just Wasn't Aggressive Enough. Wait, What?
Columnist/analyst Tim Skubick writes the Snyder "did what he needed to do" at the debate and Bernero "did, too, but whiffed on several home run opportunities that could have made him the clear winner."
Snyder "held his own, did not get trapped into an argument," stayed "on message and did not make a major gaff." Bernero "started very strong" and "correctly and pointedly drew a contrast: I'm for you, the little guy, 'cause I'm one, too, and he's for the rich and the people at the top."
Bernero "had several changes to do more but didn't," such as on home foreclosures and experience (Oakland Press, 10/14).
Almost (More) Famous
Snyder "seems comfortable with his campaign even as he cautions against being overconfident." Snyder: "We don't want people to think this election is over. ... The hard work starts in January."
Noting "that he wore a blue tie on the advice of his wife -- it matched his eyes -- Snyder said he was pleased with his performance," at the debate, "despite the fact that Bernero escalated his attacks that, as a businessman, Snyder ships jobs to China."
Snyder: "The mayor didn't have his facts straight." Snyder "conceded that he himself 'misspoke' when he said that Discera did not have employees in China." Snyder: "I have been so busy campaigning, I didn't know they had opened a small office in July."
Snyder "said Bernero was 'trying to attack me,' which Snyder called 'an unfortunate part of old school politics.'"
If elected, "he said the first thing he would do is 'put the facts on the table' by producing 'a real set of financial statements, particularly a balance sheet that is in plain English.'" Snyder "said he hopes he can send a lot of lawmakers home to take credit" for success. Snyder: "I'm am not doing this job for my resume. The more heroes we make, the better off we are. My goal here is not to beat Mayor Bernero. My goal here is the betterment of Michigan" (Perlberg, Livingston Daily Press & Argus, 10/15).