LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Two of the subjects in a rather bizarre political story have broken their silence and spoken to 6 News Tim Skubick about attempts by the UAW president to recruit East Lansing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer to run for governor after she took herself out of the race.
Michigan Democrats have told Mark Schauer he is their guy to run for governor. Problem is about two weeks ago, the president of the UAW reached out to Sen. Whitmer. President Bob King asked her if she would reconsider her decision not to run for governor.
Whitmer took herself out of the contest to spend more time with her two daughters.
"I honestly didn't pay any attention," said Schauer.
Whitmer denies that her office had anything to do with leaking the story and she spends most the week with a bad case of political laryngitis, but in her first interview on the subject, she was asked did King make a mistake by reaching out?
"I don't know, Tim," she told reporter Tim Skubick. "Yeah know, you can't control every thing in the process."
"With all due respect, that was a punt on the question," said Skubick.
Sen. Whitmer laughed and agreed, saying "the questions been answered. It's time to turn the page, Tim."
Schauer says none of bothered him at all.@
"I've been through a lot of campaigns during my career and there are twists and turns. We've got a winning campaign. The mood for change is palpable," he said.
Schauer says he had a brief conversation with the union president and the two will meet to discuss the future. King also endorsed Schauer this week.
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