Skubick: Gov. Snyder recalls talk with Obama over Right to Work - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Skubick: Gov. Snyder recalls talk with Obama over Right to Work

Posted: Updated:

By Tim Skubick
FOX 2 Political Analyst

LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -- Lots of folks scoffed in town when reports surfaced that Democrats petitioned President Barack Obama to insert himself into the unseemly debate over Right to Work. Some asked out loud, doesn't POTUS have more important things to do that lobby Gov. Rick Snyder on that?

But lobby the president did.

During an exclusive one-hour sit down on WKAR-Public TV, the governor confirms that he and Obama shared a few minutes in private and the president looked the governor in the eye and said "he wasn't pleased with Right to Work," Mr. Snyder reveals for the first time.

And the governor's response?

Short, sweet and to the point.  "I said thank you for sharing that with me."

And that was it?

"Pretty much, yeah," the GOP governor glibly recalls.

Of course the central theme in the story line had Obama linking RTW to potential federal dollars for the governor's bridge and the M-1 transit project for downtown Detroit.  The speculation was the Democrats wanted Mr. Obama to hint if the governor signed Right to Work, he might not get the federal largess.

But on that point the governor suddenly clammed up when pressed.

Reminded that it would be a good story to report, the governor would have no part of that.

"It's a good story," he conceded but quickly added, "but you can wait for the book" and then he laughs.

The interviewer suggested he might not live that long and asked again for confirmation.

Still no deal.

The stubborn governor noted, "I do this to help the citizens of Michigan, not to make stories."  And then in case anybody missed his point, this coda, "Actually sharing any discussion with the President of the United States, I don't think really moves us forward with the citizens."  So much for that.

End of conversation.

See the Evening with the Governor and First Lady Sue Snyder at wkar.org.

  • Tim SkubickMore>>

  • 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.
  • A lot of action in the Land vs. Peters campaigns, but who is watching?

    A lot of action in the Land vs. Peters campaigns, but who is watching?

    Thursday, June 26 2014 10:47 AM EDT2014-06-26 14:47:15 GMT
    It’s really a shame that the real world is not paying attention to the U.S. Senate race because the two camps are passionately engaged in a war of news releases, we-thought—you-should-know email alerts to the media, and a never ending back and forth as they scratch for some advantage in this bitter battle to replace Carl Levin.
    It’s really a shame that the real world is not paying attention to the U.S. Senate race because the two camps are passionately engaged in a war of news releases, we-thought—you-should-know email alerts to the media, and a never ending back and forth as they scratch for some advantage in this bitter battle to replace Carl Levin.
  • PoliticsPoliticsMore>>

  • Election info for 2014 Michigan primaries

    Election info for 2014 Michigan primaries

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-06-24 21:31:30 GMT
    Elections for the office of Michigan State Senate and for the office of Michigan House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014.
    Elections for the office of Michigan State Senate and for the office of Michigan House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

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