Michigan’s Rick Snyder Apparently Thinking Of Running For President
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is apparently considering running for President:
Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who has kept the door open to running for president but not taken active steps, had a meeting with top political advisers last week to discuss moving forward with a potential 2016 bid, sources familiar with the session told POLITICO.
The former Gateway Computers CEO has also formed a new 501(c)(4) to pay for political travel and to tout his success story in Michigan, which could include airing commercials beyond Michigan. It is called “Making Government Accountable.”
Some top Michigan GOP hands believe that the “one tough nerd” technocrat could jump into the race later this spring; others say privately that he’s just trying to raise his national profile and realized he would face long odds.
Snyder ad maker Fred Davis, who declined to comment on the meeting, said the governor is “pondering the decision.”
A spokeswoman for Snyder, Sara Wurfel, said the governor wants to get the word out about what he’s accomplished with “relentless positive action” but said he remains “focused on being the best governor he can be.”
“It’s about helping address the perception-lags-reality challenge that we have – both with Detroit and for the state as a whole,” she emailed.
Two years ago, Snyder was among those Republican Governors from the Class of 2010 who was deemed to be the most vulnerable, but his handling of the situation in Detroit, which has been largely successful, and the improving economy in Michigan boosted his profile inside the state and he ended up winning re-election easily. That being side, much like his neighbor to the south Ohio Governor John Kaisch, it’s rather obvious that Snyder would be something of a long shot if he were to enter the race.Whether he runs or not, though, Snyder is likely to be among the names mentioned as a potential running mate for whomever the Republican nominee ends up being.