Democrat Mark Totten wants to be the state's next attorney general and he is burning up the shoe leather and mileage on his car to get there.
Enroute, of course, he needs to bump-off the guy who now holds the post and Mr. Totten is not bashful about taking on A.G. Bill Schuette.
In his opening comments on Off the Record, Mr. Totten suggested his possible opponent is using the post "to serve his party and his own political career."
That's hardly a new line since all the players in town know that the honorable Mr. Schuette, who has been everything there is to be, wants to add that to his resume. He's just marking time until it's his turn, the popular wisdom goes.
Mr. Totten thinks using the job to get there is wrong.
"The joke is A.G. stands for aspiring governor," he begins his political assault on Mr. Schuette's political aspirations. "I think that is perhaps the case with Bill Schuttee…He's using that position to try to please the very far right of his party so he can come out of a primary someday."
So what the heck is wrong with that since an unknown Democrat Jennifer Granholm parlayed the A.G. job into eight years as governor?
Mr. Totten acknowledges the fact but declined to get into an analysis of how she might have used the office, too.
He accuses Mr. S. of taking on all sorts of "narrow social issues" to play to his party base while Mr. Totten believes the post should be used to "keep the people safe."
Obviously the Schutte camp would argue that protecting the public is what their guy is doing and just because Democrat Totten, who supports gay marriage, is pro-choice and voted for the Medical Marijuana law, doesn't like, tough toenails.
Mr. T. counters, "the issue is, day by day are you making decisions that are in the best interest of the people you represent?"
So given his assertion that the office should not be a stepping stone, he was given a chance to make his own pledge.
"If you are elected attorney general, you won't run for governor?"
"Ah, um, I'm not saying…." and then instead of completing the sentence he segues into this, "My dream job is to be the attorney general of Michigan."
Your honor, please direct the witness to answer the question.
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