Whom do business organizations want as Michigan’s next governor?
Depends on which one you’re asking. Two
weeks after the Michigan Chamber of Commerce came out supporting
Attorney General Mike Cox, the Lansing Regional Chamber said they are
backing U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra on the Republican side and Mayor Virg
Bernero on the Democratic side.
The Bernero endorsement was a nobrainer. The mayor and the Lansing Chamber locked arms in the last two mayoral elections.
Hoekstra endorsement is interesting considering the Detroit Regional
Chamber is expected to come out in favor of both Oakland County Sheriff
Mike Bouchard and Ann Arbor Businessman Rick Snyder on the Republican
side and House Speaker Andy Dillon on the Democratic side.
For the Detroit Chamber, the tipping point was Dillon’s support for the Detroit River International Crossing, its A1 project.
the Republican side, things get a bit more interesting because internal
politics and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is coming into play,
sources tell me.
has gone after the Blues as attorney general, fighting them in court on
the Accident Fund’s ability to purchase other insurance companies and
BCBSM’s proposed rate increases.
also is a big player for both the Lansing and Detroit regional
chambers, supplying their organizations with special insurance plans
for their members as well as being big contributors to their events.
though sources tell me Cox gave the best interview at these
organizations’ respective political action committee meetings, neither
Lansing nor the Detroit chamber would support him because BCBSM is
this political environment, every gubernatorial candidate is going to
model himself as "pro-business," but it appears that it depends which
business is "pro you."
(Kyle Melinn is the news editor at MIRSnews.com. Melinn@lansingcitypulse. com.)