Tim Skubick: Can Mark Schauer pulled an 'Engler'? - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

Tim Skubick: Can Mark Schauer pulled an 'Engler'?

Posted: Updated:
  • Tim SkubickMore>>

  • The curse of Michigan's Lt. Governor

    The curse of Michigan's Lt. Governor

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:25:25 GMT
    No kid ever grows up wanting to be lt. governor, the second banana in state government.In Michigan there is a rich history of the second-in-charge wanting to use the office as a stepping stone to the top job as governor. Turns out it’s been a slippery stone as only two of twelvel.g.'s actually made it.The two winners were lt. governor John Swainson who served as the right-hand man to Gov. Soapy Williams and when he decided to retire, Mr. Swainson ran and won.Lt. Governor Bill Milliken served...
    No kid ever grows up wanting to be lt. governor, the second banana in state government.In Michigan there is a rich history of the second-in-charge wanting to use the office as a stepping stone to the top job as governor. Turns out it’s been a slippery stone as only two of twelvel.g.'s actually made it.The two winners were lt. governor John Swainson who served as the right-hand man to Gov. Soapy Williams and when he decided to retire, Mr. Swainson ran and won.Lt. Governor Bill Milliken served...
  • Jennifer Granholm back in office?

    Jennifer Granholm back in office?

    Monday, July 7 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-07-07 14:14:46 GMT
    Oh boy, the anti-Granholm mob will have fun with this.  They are talking in California about running the former Michigan governor for something as part of the “new generation” of D’s on the west bank.
    Oh boy, the anti-Granholm mob will have fun with this.  They are talking in California about running the former Michigan governor for something as part of the “new generation” of D’s on the west bank.
  • Schauer campaign plays rapid response game

    Schauer campaign plays rapid response game

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-07-03 03:11:48 GMT
    After the Detroit Free Press took a solid week to examine the charter school system, warts and all, the Democratic candidate for governor smartly responded with a laundry list of reforms.
    After the Detroit Free Press took a solid week to examine the charter school system, warts and all, the Democratic candidate for governor smartly responded with a laundry list of reforms.
LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

The last time a sitting governor lost his seat, was when Gov. Jim Blanchard lost to underdog John Engler.  Not to take anything away from Beal Cities's (sp) favorite son who pulled off a miraculous come-from-behind- victory, but Mr. Blanchard pretty much botched his re-election bid.

If the Mark Schauer campaign is hoping Gov. Rick Snyder pulls a Blanchard, his handlers should think again.

The more poignant and unanswered question is, can Mr. Schauer pull an Engler?

A senior member of the state Democratic Party has privately advised anyone who will listen that one sure way to beat Mr. Snyder is to replicate what Mr. Engler did to the unsuspecting Mr. Blanchard.

"Do like Engler and go negative against the governor," this sage of many campaigns suggests.  By pounding away and driving Mr. Snyder's image down, Mr. Schauer could win, this person concludes.

Well 14 months out, there is no pounding but we heard from the Schauer campaign for the first time in a long time the other day.

With a $500,000 pro-governor media blitz on the airwaves, and without the desire or probably the money to match it, the Democrats did the next best thing:  Tried for some free-media.

"Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer to make major political announcement," the news advisory tried to drum-up a little pop for their guy. Come to the event at 4 p.m. on October first.

Wait a second.

Four o'clock on October first. That was an interesting news day: The first day of enrollment into that little thing they call Obamacare and thanks to the good folks in the nation's  capitol it was also the launch of the government shutdown.

In other words the Schauer campaign would be lucky to get any attention.

"It doesn't rise to the dog bites man level," confided one of the capitol scribes who chucked covering the event.

In addition to competing with bigger stories, the state budget director conveniently called a news briefing on the federal government shutdown for 2:45 p.m. which meant many reporters would be working on that and not Mr. Schauer's "major announcement."

Hum, you don't think the Snyder team did that on purpose to snatch coverage away from its likely opponent?

Regardless, Mr. Schauer forged ahead and grabbed a pretty darn good endorsement from the Michigan Education Association.

As for the media pop, the campaign was pleased, but coverage was adequate but not off the charts.

But give the campaign credit as it scrambled to squeeze as much coverage as possible after it became apparent that the 4 p.m. time frame and the other more major stories would trump Mr. Schauer.  Hence Mr. Schauer talked to other reporters well before the 4 o'clock event and long after it as well.  Good move.

But some wags in town wondered if another date would have worked better?  And wondered if  they mishandled this, what else might they screw-up?  You know how critics are.

The Schauer inner circle was content with what it did.  As for the late starting time, they  had already reset the event once, and had to wait until that late hour in the news cycle because three teachers couldn't cut class to be there any earlier.  One of them was Mr. Schauer's English teacher.

Nonetheless timing is everything in politics.  Mr. Schauer critics will gripe this fell short, but the good news is it happened in the October 2013 and after this column is read, no one will remember it..accept maybe the Snyder folks. They may be hoping for more of the same and concluding that Mr. Schauer, at this read,  does not look like a John Engler in the making.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


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

  • Obama fundraises for Dems; demands GOP cooperation

    Obama fundraises for Dems; demands GOP cooperation

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:54:12 GMT
    President Barack Obama is calling on Republican lawmakers to cooperate while complaining that they have "gone off the rails." He is also urging Democrats to get over their complacency and vote Republicans out of...
    As hopes dim for bipartisan action in Congress this summer, President Barack Obama is calling on Republican lawmakers to cooperate while complaining that they have "gone off the rails" and urging Democrats to get over...
  • With GOP runoff over, Perdue and Nunn face off

    With GOP runoff over, Perdue and Nunn face off

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:44 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:44:24 GMT
    Now that Georgia Republicans have settled on businessman David Perdue as their nominee for the state's open Senate seat, the real battle begins with a marquee match-up in the fall against Democrat Michelle Nunn...
    Within hours of David Perdue's GOP Senate nomination, he and Democrat Michelle Nunn launched the real battle for Georgia's open Senate seat with attack ads in a matchup that could help settle control of the Senate.
  • Dole, vets groups renew push for disability treaty

    Dole, vets groups renew push for disability treaty

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:22 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:22:17 GMT
    Former Sen. Bob Dole and proponents of a treaty promoting equal rights for the disabled around the world stepped up pressure for full Senate ratification.
    At 91, Bob Dole won't take no for an answer.
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

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