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Granholm for Labor Secretary?

by: LiberalLucy

Mon Dec 01, 2008 at 11:09:45 AM EST

In this period of presidential transition, there's been plenty of scuttlebutt surrounding our own governor, Jennifer Granholm and any future role she may play on the national scene.

Rumors of a Granholm appointment have swirled just as quickly as the snow has blanketed our state. We've heard her name mentioned for Attorney General, Supreme Court nominee, Energy Secretary, Labor Secretary, and even Transportation Secretary. It got to the point where it seemed if there was a cabinet position unfilled, Granholm's name was floated by somebody, somewhere.

Last week, my contacts with their ears to the ground in DC, said the word on the street was that a Granholm appointment could be made after Thanksgiving. That being said, politics, much like high school, feeds off the ol rumor mill, so anything was possible. 

Of course, there was a lot feeding that rumor mill. Granholm was only one of two elected officials named to Obama's economic transition team, and one of two Michiganders on the team, joining former Congressman David Bonior. At Obama's first post-election press conference, Granholm was very conspicuously placed on stage so that she appeared on camera between Joe Biden and Obama. And don't be fooled they did it just because she's female. Those stage placements are more carefully choreographed than the Russian Ballet. 

So it wasn't a huge surprise when the Washington Post did a very prominently placed article this morning about the top three contenders for Labor Secretary, and Granholm was first on the list. 

LiberalLucy :: Granholm for Labor Secretary?

The other two being the very ones joining her on the economic team - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Bonior. No real surprise there.

Of course, our governor has a hefty plate of factors to consider before jumping to any decisions, should the offer be made. Her youngest child, Jack is a freshman in high school. Her two daughters are both in state attending college. Her husband, First Gentleman Dan Mulhern has his own business, and the entire family is very much rooted here in state. As governor, she's always made family a priority, and has always been very cognizant of the impact of her job on them. They are one of her top reasons that she's given when asked about a move to DC. 

That being said, it's not every day that someone gets offered a gig like Cabinet Secretary, and the entire Mulhern-Granholm family seem to be very aware of that. If offered, and if Granholm accepted, she would become the sixth woman to hold the position. Because of her Canadian birth, the Constitution prohibits her from running for president, despite the fact that she could a fantastic candidate for the Democrats. 

So until the offer comes, the scuttlebutt continues. If Gov. Granholm were to accept, Lt. Governor John D. Cherry would step up to fill her shoes, making things really interesting, should he officially announce his candidacy for the 2010 gubernatorial race.

As Labor Secretary, Granholm would bring the experience of a skilled negotiator, Harvard-trained lawyer, and years of respected experience working with employers and unions alike, not to mention several years of joining green manufacturing and labor in a successful marriage that's already had a winning record here in our state. In short, there are plenty of reasons why an Obama appointment of Granholm to the position makes sense.

But for now, Michigan and that nation waits for DC to make their move, and to see how Granholm responds.

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Labor Secretary?  who'd a thunk ... in a million years ...  

I'm all for it
But then again, I'm all for anything that gets more Michiganders here in DC. I get lonely sometimes :-)

Nothing is easier than solving a problem on the back of the poor. People who don't have lobbyists or clout.

Well maybe if you came home....:)

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She certainly is getting tagged for something...
as I noted in a diary on the day that she appeared with Obama and his transition team to discuss the economic crisis. She was so prominently obvious - next to Biden at every photo op, and in every picture - she has to be at minimum, a high-level advisor on economic and labor issues.

Auto Czar
I'm still hoping the Auto Czar appointment happens. And of course, that she hires me as her DC based press secretary! :-) :-) :-)

Nothing is easier than solving a problem on the back of the poor. People who don't have lobbyists or clout.

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I'll fight you for it.
And I fight dirty.

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Umm. At the risk of being antagonistic --
Why would someone who so vocally dismissed Obama AFTER the primaries be hired for a visible spot in the Obama Administration?  I'm not trying to criticize you, I'm just trying to understand better.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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I think he's kidding
I don't think Stormy would seriously consider moving way out here to the District hinterlands to be some politico's flack.

(But then again, maybe there's a dark side to him that he has told no one about. No one except a group of small children to whom he feeds sunflower seeds before sunrise....)

Nothing is easier than solving a problem on the back of the poor. People who don't have lobbyists or clout.

[ Parent ]
Almost as funny as...
... that time when we were supposed to vote for McCain over Obama.  Hilarious!

Great Lakes, Great Times.

[ Parent ]
I think you have me
confused with someone else. Or I'm not understanding your comment...

[ Parent ]
I think you may be right that I do have you confused, which of course is highly embarrassing for me.  :o/  Sorry mate.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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Er, explained
I think you meant the other gay kid, Puritan or something like that.  Apparently, there are too many men in your life Mr. McGuinness.  You can't seem to keep them straight.

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Keep them straight?
Who the hell would want to do that?  

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Not Gonna Happen
What has been clear in the appointments made so far is that President-Elect Obama is nominating people who a strong and decisive in their decision making, and will be willing to tell him they disagree with him.

I do not see my former Governor fitting that profile. My disappointment with Governor Granholm, as an observer for the past four years from across the lake, is that she struggles to make the tough decisions. And that will what I believe keeps her in Michigan to finish out her term.

I do believe that her 2002 opponent would make an outstanding choice for Labor, and believe that his style is far more in line with what the Administration seems to be developing.

Bonior By Far
Much better on trade, which let's be honest, is the key to the survival of the state.  We also need some counter-weight to the very moderate, neolib, Rubin-protogee, Wall Street, financial-oriented economic team Obama has put together so far.  And, labor needs a voice in the room.

Bonior at Labor and Granholm at Energy (and Cherry as an incumbent in 2010) and Michigan would be in very good shape.

Steve Pestka for Congress

I heard she came out against it today, has anyone else heard that ?

You heard wrong.
She's signed onto it a while ago.


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Whatever her role,
I think she'd be great.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

Hi Mikey!
I see you finally came out from your campaign cave. Its good to have you back among the little people again :-)

Nothing is easier than solving a problem on the back of the poor. People who don't have lobbyists or clout.

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Its always fun to win.
Alas, I was still reading, even if not commenting!

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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Anyone need a campaign manager?
Because Michael McGuinness is a great one!

I was more of an observer of the Meisner camapign from a distance, but McGuinness comes with high marks for knowledge, smarts and temperment.

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You are far too kind.
If anyone needs a gentleman and a scholar, word on the street is that Bob Burns delivers both in spades!

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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