The speculation is nothing new; Gretchen has been making waves for quite some time. For a while we thought it would be Whitmer v Bishop for AG. Given the way 2010 turned out, I’m glad she stayed out of that race.
If Whitmer is seriously considering taking on Snyder, there are a few things in her favor right now:
- Early money
- Established connections
- She has the base
- She knows Lansing (unlike my dear friend JMG who was an outsider)
- She’s charismatic & articulate
And here’s what my perspective tells me she needs to work on:
- More money
- Organization, organization, organization
- More organization
If she makes the jump for a gubernatorial run, she will likely be the only serious female candidate, though I suspect Jocelyn Benson will be on the ballot against Ruth Johnson. These two seats can be very competitive, to our advantage.
So will it be Gretchen in 2014? I think I hope so.