Tim Skubick: Could Virg Benero be eyeing a run for governor in 2 - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Tim Skubick: Could Virg Benero be eyeing a run for governor in 2018?

Posted: Updated:
  • Tim SkubickMore>>

  • Why the independent voters may decide the new governor

    Why the independent voters may decide the new governor

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:02 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:02:09 GMT
    The I's have it. Here we go with the popular wisdom schtick again. It says that independent voters hold the key to the outcome in the race for governor.
    The I's have it. Here we go with the popular wisdom schtick again. It says that independent voters hold the key to the outcome in the race for governor.
  • Back to school battle brewing in Lansing

    Back to school battle brewing in Lansing

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:47:57 GMT
    About 75% of the school children across the country are already in school but not in Michigan, where the tourism industry has convinced lawmakers to delay the opening of school until after Labor Day.
    About 75% of the school children across the country are already in school but not in Michigan, where the tourism industry has convinced lawmakers to delay the opening of school until after Labor Day.
  • House speaker candidates: Quit counting your chicks before they hatch

    House speaker candidates: Quit counting your chicks before they hatch

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:07 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:07:20 GMT
    There is a frantic game of "my list is bigger than your list" going on in this town as the two main combatants to become the next speaker of the Michigan House are trying to one-up each other.
    There is a frantic game of "my list is bigger than your list" going on in this town as the two main combatants to become the next speaker of the Michigan House are trying to one-up each other.
LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) - Don’t hawk those “Virg for Governor” bumper stickers on E-Bay just yet.

In many respects Virg Benero is just like John Engler, Jim Blanchard and Bill Schuette.  Each is a consummate politician who loves the game and loves to talk about it.  You may not buy everything they are selling, but it sure is fun to watch them try.

But on this following subject the Virg has clammed-up.

When Congressman Mike Rogers shocked the political world by opting to become a radio talk jock instead of a sitting lawmaker in Washington, the Lansing Mayor’s name immediately popped up as a possible successor.

Every politician loves to be on the “will-he-or-she -run” list even if they have no intentions of running.  Some in the media erroneously drew that conclusion when Mr. Bernero issued a statement: “ At this time, I intend to continue serving the people of Lansing,” etc. etc. etc.

Words mean everything in this game and five words were easily overlooked i.e. ‘at this time, I intend…” In others words the door to running for Congress was wide open even though he never really said it.

Here’s the inside skinny.

First Mr. Bernero did not really want to serve in Congress.  After you’ve been in an executive post such as Mayor, why the heck would you relegate yourself to being one of 435 other folks in the U.S. House with about as much power as a 35 watt light bulb.

However if you were thinking two steps ahead about running for governor again, you might suck it in, take a lunge at it, do your time in D.C. and then use it as a stepping stone for governor.  

What’s that you say?

Yes, he did run for governor and lost.

But that was then and now is now and later is later.

That does not rule out giving it another shot when the guy who beat him in 2010 can not run again

The calculus does make sense.  He’s presiding over a city that clearly has come back with the help of General Motors, Blue Cross, and others.  And he has a story to tell even though not enough voters listened the last time he spoke.

Well, of course, all  this moot.  He’s not running for Congress but let’s check back in five years to see if he runs for governor again.  Maybe those bumper stickers will be worth more then?

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • PoliticalMore>>

  • Obama: GOP captive to ideologically rigid group

    Obama: GOP captive to ideologically rigid group

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:09:49 GMT
    President Barack Obama is going on a fundraising sweep through New York and Rhode Island as he continues to help Democrats raise money for November's elections.
    President Barack Obama on Friday blamed dysfunction in Congress on a Republican Party he said is captive to an ideologically rigid, unproductive and cynical faction, urging like-minded Democrats to show up for...
  • GOP Sen. McConnell's campaign manager resigns

    GOP Sen. McConnell's campaign manager resigns

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:39 PM EDT2014-08-30 01:39:50 GMT
    Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign manager is resigning as a result of a scandal involving a presidential campaign he worked for in 2012.
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager resigned Friday amid fallout from a scandal in Iowa involving a presidential campaign he worked for in 2012. Jesse Benton said he didn't want to become a...
  • Building coalition for Syria action no easy matter

    Building coalition for Syria action no easy matter

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-08-30 01:19:55 GMT
    President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.
    President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.
Powered by WorldNow
Untitled

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices