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First Lady Sue Snyder Says It's Been A Hard Year

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Once a year, Michigan's First Lady Sue Snyder sits down for an extensive interview with Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick.

This year Mrs. Snyder says that she's found a way to keep the governor from spending too much time on the campaign trail.

You don't see a lot of the women there in blue. First Lady Sue Snyder keeps a very low profile as she picks and chooses what she does in public.

For the last three years, at her husbands urging, she has sat down to discuss life with him and the challenges it presents.

Right now she worries about her daughter Kelsey heading off to college next year.

"Its hard. Its really hard," said Mrs. Snyder.

While he is off running the state, she struggles to carve out family time with him and the three children. Sunday dinners together are a big deal the governor observes.

Skubick: "Is it mandatory they be there?"

Governor Snyder: "No, it's not mandatory, but the nice part is, the kids are at an age now they have actually recognized that we have value," (laughter).

At one of those Sunday confabs, the first lady and her two daughters discussed pending legislation forcing a women to purchase abortion insurance. Were they lobbying the governor for a veto?

"I don't know that we lobbied him. It was something very near and dear to us as females and we talked about it as a family," said Mrs. Snyder.

The governor vetoed the bill.

There is a constant struggle between the governor's need to attend to his public duties while trying to balance his time with family and the first lady, on the eve of her spouse's re-election bid, she quietly concedes this year was a challenge.

Skubick: "Worse this year than the last two?"

Mrs. Snyder: "Yes"

Skubick: "And next year will be worse?"

Mrs. Snyder: "No, it's not going to be" (laughter).

And now she reveals a strategy that the governor may have been hearing for the first time.

Skubick: "Governor, are you listening? (laughter).

Governor Snyder: "I'm taking notes can I borrow your pen?" (laughter).

She says she will influence the folks who schedule her husbands campaign events, but she won't make the call herself.

Mrs. Snyder: "No, I wouldn't do that. I'd talk to somebody else.

Skubick: "And have them make the call?"

Mrs. Snyder: "Yes."

After 26 years together, the governor thanks her for what she does.

If he loses the election she says, "I would feel sad especially for the state of Michigan because he's done so much."

Don't be surprised if you see her in a commercial for her hubby.

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