Democratic candidate for Governor Mark Schauer swung through Washtenaw County on Saturday to end a week that began with two political publications moving the Michigan gubenatorial contest from tossup/tilt Republican to pure tossup. In between, he threw out the first pitch at Howell High School's alumni baseball game.
At the Saturday afternoon fundraiser hosted by Matt and Rene Greff of Ypsilanti, Schauer criticized Governor Rick Snyder for a failure of leadership.
"You know, I think we need to see a little more toughness out of an individual who campaigned as a Tough Nerd. Right now, we’re seeing an ineffective leader," Schauer told Michigan Radio.
In the same interview, Schauer singled out what he would have done differently from Snyder about Medicaid expansion, which is being held up in the state Senate.
“What I would do is call the legislature immediately into a special session -he has the constitutional authority- specifically to pass Medicaid expansion. I, for the life of me, can’t figure out why he’s not doing it. I guarantee you that the state Senate will not pass Medicaid expansion if they’re not there."
U.S. Representative John Dingell, who represents eastern Washtenaw County, also attended the fundraiser and gave his support to Schauer. On his Facebook page, he posted that he "had the honor of standing next to Mark Schauer and supporting him in his race for Governor" and stood "ready to fight alongside Mark to move our state forward."
In addition to Dingell, his wife and Wayne State University Governor Debbie Dingell, State Senator Rebekah Warren, and Saline Mayor Brian Marl were also listed as attending the fundraiser.
Before the fundraiser, Schauer participated in Howell High School's alumni baseball game. Schauer, who played football for the Howell Highlanders before graduating in 1980, told the Livingston Daily, "I’ve lived in Battle Creek for more than 25 years, but it's great to be back home."
Schauer's week began on Tuesday, when Stuart Rothenberg of Roll Call moved the Michigan Governor's contest from tossup/tilt Republican to pure tossup. Rothenberg wrote that Schauer's candidacy was "rejuvenating Democratic hopes of defeating GOP Gov. Rick Snyder in Michigan next year."
The Detroit Free Press reported that the Cook Political Report also moved the Michigan Governor's race to pure tossup.