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Lisa Brown for Schauer L.G., says Rick Pluta

by: Eric B.

Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 14:58:11 PM EDT

In case you're not on Teh Twitters or Teh Facebooks, Rick Pluta from Michigan Radio has just said Lisa Brown, Oakland County Clerk, will be Mark Schauer's running mate this year. I can't confirm that this is true, but I have triple source confirmtion courtesy Angela Wittrock and TJ Bucholz, who last year bought me lunch at a local Chinese eatery, that Rick Pluta sent out this Tweet by way of their reTweeting it.

Stand by for further developments.

Update! ... So, everyone is reporting this now, and Tony Trupiano posted an e-mail from the Schauer campaign to his Facebook wall.

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Like the pick.
Personally, I think Lisa Brown is a great choice. While she may not be super well known, the fact that she is from the 2nd biggest county and will appeal to women and progressives, will be a benefit. Plus, she doesn't have to leave her Oakland County Clerk job for the campaign.

I think Schauer needed someone from Southeastern Michigan on this ticket (with AG candidate Totten also being from Lansing). While I thought Byrum might be the choice, the congressional seat opening up may have changed things.

With Gary Peters running for Senate, his congressional seat opening up, and now Lisa Brown possibly being LG, the Dems should hope for the highest Dem voter turnout in Oakland County we've ever seen.

Now, let's just get someone solid for S.O.S.

Just a small nit to pick --
Totten may teach in Lansing, but is 'from' (grew up in) Kalamazoo, and lives in Oshtemo Township, Kalamazoo County.

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Lisa Brown is a great choice for the environment
I first met Lisa Brown when she was an activist on water quality issues in Oakland County, several years ago. This would be the greenist ticket the Democrats have fielded in decades.  

Not bad
She wouldn't have been my first choice, but she's certainly a plus for the ticket, nonetheless.

With all of the pieces falling into place, this really only leaves the SoS primary completely open.  And, with Byrum now likely to run for Congress, who does this leave for us to put up against Ruth Johnson?  I've been checking in on Jocelyn Benson's social media over the months, but she's become increasingly less active.  Whitmer never expressed interest in this race, and keeps having to tell the media to leave her alone. lol  So, who does that leave us?  I can't imagine we aren't going to seriously contest this.

Secretary of State
Maybe that's why Hansen Clarke was touring the congressional district meetings a couple weeks ago? You never know...

Actually, I predict it'll be a term-limited lawmaker - probably someone who, win or lose in 2014, is looking to run for higher office down the road. Tupac Hunter, Glenn Anderson, Gretchen Whitmer, Rashida Tlaib, and Kate Segal are all term-limited (as are a few others).

Since the convention is after the primary, it's also possible that an unsuccessful candidate will shift gears and run for Secretary of State. Perhaps the runner-up of Barnett vs. Cogen Lipton, an unsuccessful candidate in the 9th congressional district, or Stacy Erwin Oakes, should she lose her primary against Garnet Lewis (who raised $55,000+ through February).

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

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Now that you say it, I wouldn't be surprised if Hansen Clarke decided to run. A candidate from Detroit would not hurt, plus it would add diversity to the ticket.

As for the term-limited lawmakers, I just don't see someone who is fresh off losing a tough primary battle making the immediate jump to running for S.o.S. Plus, it will even be harder for that person to win if they are only going to campaign state-wide for a couple months.

I believe I heard Tupac Hunter already has a job lined up; Gretchen Whitmer would have run for Gov., LG, or AG if she wanted to run a state-wide campaign, but it's pretty obvious she has no interest in doing so; Glenn Anderson could be a possibility but I wouldn't be surprised if he is gearing up for another Congressional run in 2 years in the hopes that Conyers retires then; Rashida is going all for the Senate district (and I would be surprised if she lost). Plus I think it would go against her strength of being really close with her constituents if she ran for state-wide office. Obviously all of this is just my opinion.

However, Kate Segal could be an interesting choice. The more women, the better. But more importantly, she is an accomplished leader in the Dem. caucus and I think is pretty widely respected.

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Is there no hope that Segal will run for the Senate?
I realize it's an uphill battle in that district and against a somewhat well-liked incumbent in Nofs.  But Segal would at least have a puncher's chance.

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I would hope
...that she would at least give it a try if she doesn't run for S.o.S, however, it is getting a little late in the game to mount a campaign that would unseat an incumbent.  

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I predict
Virgil Smith defeats Rashida Tlaib quite handily in August.  

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I'll take that bet...
Obviously not a real bet, but I have Rashida winning. While there are times she might get too emotional, I don't know many elected officials in Detroit that work harder than her. As of January, it seemed like she would be on pace to raise the funds as well.  As a downriver resident myself, I think Lincoln Park, Allen Park, and Southgate could determine that race. If one of them thinks they can win it just with Detroit voters while the other one campaigns in those areas, it could make the difference.  

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That's not going out on much of a limb
I think this race has actually been polled and he's soundly beating her.  I'd prefer Tlaib, myself, and it's not like polling these tiny districts are that accurate, but it definitely seems she's starting out in a hole.

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Woodrow Stanley for SoS?
Someone just told me that Rep. Woodrow Stanley is looking at running for Secretary of State.

He's a former mayor of Flint who once led the Michigan Municipal League.

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

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I wonder if Janice Winfrey wants it?
She ran for it in 2010, but I haven't heard any mention of her interest this cycle.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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Solid pick
Yes, she's female and she's from Oakland County - providing "balance" in terms of this election.

But that's not why she's a great pick.

As I've said before, Schauer's running mate needs to be a "team player" - someone who can play a contributing role in the Schauer administration. I'm confident Lisa Brown will do that.

It's also worth noting that the Lieutenant Governor needs to be ready and willing to take on the governorship, if and when needed. If President Clinton asks Governor Schauer to join her administration in 2017, Lisa Brown will do a fine job taking over as chief executive.

To reiterate another point, few votes are decided by the second half of the ticket - folks won't necessarily be more or less inclined to support a Schauer-Brown ticket than they would've supported a Schauer-Baerren ticket. That said, as someone else noted, picking the right running mate can certainly motivate people to get more involved in the campaign. Who better than Lisa Brown to help make that happen?

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

I strongly support this pick.

Like I said in a previous post: LG picks are good for base-rallying and for donor-appeasing. Former Rep. Brown does both.

I love her. Go Lisa!  

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