Tim Skubick: The politics behind scrounging up votes

Tim Skubick: The politics behind scrounging up votes

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LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) - Everybody in town knows this stuff goes on but rarely do you get such a stark glimpse at it.

Issue: The governor wants to fold more failing schools into the EAA system. (Educational Achievement Authority.)

Problem:  He was having trouble scrounging up enough votes in the senate to do it even though there are 26 GOP votes in that body and twenty are needed for passage.

Solution:  Bang heads.

The governor is not a head banger or if he is he hides it beautifully.

Solution:  Trade votes.

The governor says he is not a horse trader, but apparently somebody in his office was at least willing to consider it.

High on the target list were   three senators who previously voted yes on the bill but for the moment changed their minds but they sent signals with the right offer they might flip.

Sen. Joe Hune (R-Brighton) dove for the high grass when asked to reveal his “price” for his yes vote on the EAA.

“How’d you find that out? This only happened a few hours ago.” he asked the snoopy correspondent.

Next in the barrel was Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R-Macomb County.)  He’s a former quarterback with an engaging easy going swagger with refused to join Mr. Hune in the grass.

Roll the camera.

Seems he was willing to vote trade with the governor’s guys.  He wanted $100 million for his beloved income tax rollback he’s been hawking since 2012 to no avail.  And once the pot hole plague engulf the legislature any chances he had for a tax cut, went into the pot holes.

If he got the  $100 mil he reports, “I’d take it.  I would.”

Reminded that some would call that horse trading he did not flinch, “That’s why they call it politics,” he smiled.

But what if the horse trader a.k.a. Gov. Snyder did not want to play?

“There will be no deal.  It takes two people to deal.”

The word on the street was the senator’s price tag was too high and when the governor was quizzed on this, ala Sergeant Schultz, the governor knew nothing.

After wards the two senators, and the third one, Sen. Judy Emmons (R-Carson City) could not resist trying to figure out who ratted on them.

They had a name, but they were cautioned that it might not be the right one, but thanks for trying.
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