LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - It was hard not to wonder when Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and Governor Rick Snyder were together last week, if there might be a rematch.
Democrat Benero lost to Republican Snyder, but the hunt for an opponent for Snyder next year is still lurking. Bernero has been cagey with the media, never said, yes, but never saying no. Most recently he said there was a remote possibility he would run. But told Tim Skubick in an interview.
"I will not run for governor. That's a first," said Bernero.
He will not run because he says it is not his time and he has baggage. Plus, he says there was also a promise to fulfill.
"I sort of promised my wife we would not do this again. It's too hard to hold a full time job as mayor and run around the state," said Bernero.
The list of drop outs for the democrats now include Bernero, former Congressman Bart Stupak from the Upper Peninsula and Trial Attorney Mark Bernstein.
Democrat Jocelyn Benson remains on the list, but insiders say she is "fixated" on running again for Secretary of State. She wants a rematch with Republican Ruth Johnson, who beat Benson three years ago. A source says it's highly doubtful Benson will change her mind.
Which brings us to the likely democrat to emerge from all this. Former Battle Creek Congressman Mark Schauer is moving closer to announcing he will run against Snyder and somebody who held a private talk with him last week concluded, "he will run."
East Lansing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has also taken herself out of the running for the democratic nomination for governor.
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