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February 2, 2014

George Weeks: Snyder launches campaign, hits the road

As he did successfully in launching his first bid for governor in 2010, Republican Rick Snyder this week started his reelection quest Sunday with an expensive Super Bowl TV ad followed by a multi-city campaign blitz.

He scheduled stops on Monday in Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids, and Tuesday in Traverse City, Frankenmuth and Farmington at family businesses that, his campaign hyped, have “flourished” under his reign.

In his Super Bowl ad, which cost a whopping $500,000 or $600,000 according to various reports not verified by his campaign, Snyder was in visuals featuring auto plants, the Michigan skyline and other scenes touting jobs and the environment.

On Friday, well before knowing what actually was in Snyder’s Super Bowl ad, the Michigan Democratic Party staged a telephone press conference on what “won’t be heard” in the commercial from Snyder.

Democratic State Chairman Lon Johnson cited cuts in school funding and “unfair” retirement tax cuts. House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel criticized tax relief for “corporations and the wealthy,” and said there’s an “on-going scandal” in the Treasury Department over excessive salaries.

The Dem gig trotted out a retired Grand Rapids teacher, Joanne Peterson, who said she’s having trouble heating her home, given escalating expenses.

According to finance reports filed last week, Snyder has $4 million on hand for his campaign compared to $1 million for U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, his Democratic challenger.

Benishek touts national parks

With four national parks in his district, U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek has more than any member of Michigan’s House delegation and more than most members in other states.

Last week his legislation to further protect the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, located in Leelanau and Benzie counties, was unanimously passed and sent to the House floor by the House Committee on Natural Resources, of which he is a member.

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