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Rumors of Democratic Opponents for Governor Circle


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Former Mid-Michigan Congressman Mark Schauer is the latest democrat to reveal he is thinking about running for governor.

The democrat is no stranger to Michigan politics. He served one term in Congress and was a member of the Michigan House and Senate. Now working with a labor organization, his name is being raised as a possible candidate for governor. He has not made a final decision and says he is in the personal and family aspect of making a decision to go or no go.

"I'm thinking about it. I haven't made a decision. Anybody who has run for office, governor, Congress, knows its a huge personal decision with a lot of thing to talk about. So I'm talking to my wife about it," said Schauer in an interview with "Off the Record" on WKAR.

Right now, the potential democratic field to take on GOP Governor Rick Snyder is not exactly bursting with candidates. In fact, there seem to be more candidates dropping out than getting in, such as Macomb County Executive Mark Hackle who concedes he's thought about running for governor, but won't run against Snyder.

The former Wayne County official and CEO of a Detroit Hospital, Mike Duggan, has been asked to run, but he will run for mayor of Detroit instead.

East Lansing Senator Gretchen Whitmer has taken herself out of the running, too, but she thinks the field will grow larger now that the governor's polling numbers have gone south.
     Yet in this interview, pressed to name the names of those who might get in, she could not do it but refused to conclude that means the democrats are in trouble trying to find somebody to run.

"I would never say the bench is weak. I never under estimate my opponent," said Senator Randy Richardville.

The next race for governor is not until 2014 and Scahuer reports he will make his decision sometime next month

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