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Democrats Questioning Governor's Alleged Favoritism Towards Cousin

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Democrats are trying to keep the heat on the governor for allegedly showing favoritism to his cousin, who owns a furniture company in Lansing.

They're criticizing another contract George Snyder landed with the MEDC without any bids being taken.

6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick has the back and forth on these claims.

Here's what the back and forth is all about. Democrats contend that the governor's cousin, George Snyder, owner of the DBI business office supply company, got a $19 million contract when Jennifer Granholm was governor, but when Gov. Rick Snyder came in, the contract shot up to $41 million.

The governor's office says that's not true.

Now comes word that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a quasi governmental agency, did a no-bid contract with Mr. Snyder's cousin and another furniture company to remodel the office building.

The democrats believe that is wrong and they seek to divert $22 million from the furniture contract back into the schools and slap a $1 million cap on any future furniture deals.

The governor dismissed the earlier charge of favoritism as not true and just election year campaigning.

In the wake of the MEDC contract, however, reporters had questions about this. The governor's office said he didn't have time in this news conference to take the questions.

His media secretary explains there's nothing unethical going on here at all.

Democrats may try to cap the furniture budget, but with republicans calling the shots there's not much chance of that passing. As for the attacks on the alleged favoritism between the governor and his cousin, the democrats are expected to continue that.

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