Skubick: Good start for Detroit Mayor-elect Duggan in Lansing - Dallas News |

Tim Skubick: Good start for Detroit Mayor-elect Mike Duggan in Lansing

Posted: Updated:

The contrast could not have been more striking.

Whenever former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a.k.a. 44678-039, showed-up in town, there was the black Cadillac Escalade with his honor riding shot-gun surrounded by a swarm of body guards that would have made any President of the United States jealous.

They simply called it the Kwame posse complete with diamond stick-pin in his ear lob.

Enter, unannounced, for his first foray to the state capitol, one Mike Duggan, Detroit Mayor-elect sans body guards, media secretaries, and other assorted hangers-on and certainly no diamond in his ear!

It was low-keyed all the way. He and a pal drove up together to Lansing in his red Ford Taurus and got caught in a traffic jam outside the beltway.

The rest of the day went swimmingly well.

Mr. Duggan obviously knows his way around and was here to begin the task of molding a working relationship with the power brokers.  He was no stranger to many including 10 of the 15 Detroit lawmakers he met with first.

It was closed doors, lasted about half an hour, and he opened by acknowledging that many in the room voted for his opponent but afterwards he boasts, "We're all on the same team now…You're going to see a much more united effort between the mayor and the delegation and the mayor and city council."

Anything would be an improvement insiders claim.

Everybody says they will work together  at the opening bell, but will this mayor be different?

Based on day one, it looks like he has a shot at it.

Mr. Duggan was shaking hands with everyone including a lawmaker he ran into coming out of the House Office Building.

"Congratulations Mr. Mayor," smiled Rep. Paul Clemente (D-Lincoln Park.)  Out goes the hand and the exchange of smiles and as Mr. Duggan walks away out of ear shot he asked one of his city lobbyists, "Who was that?"

Smart move.  Another more arrogant politican would have kept on walking with total disregard for the person he just met.  Duggan knows better.

Onto the GOP Speaker and the House Democratic Leader where he gets a pledge of cooperation from Rep. Tim Greimel and, "I got a cup of coffee."

Were you charged for it?

"Not yet," the new mayor laughs knowing that there is no such thing as a free cup of anything in this town.

And on it went, one hand shake at a time, one meeting after another including a one on one session with the Governor's Chief of Staff. They picked a popular watering hole downtown for everyone to see. If there was ever any doubt, it sent the clear signal that Mr. Duggan has access and talking to Denny Muchmore is just like talking to the governor himself without any RPA for dessert.

Mr. Duggan described this as a listening tour, so unlike other mayors who only came to town when they wanted something, he had no hand out for a hand out.

He was too savvy for that.  First things first.

"I don't have any plans on that at all right now," he deflects the "When will you ask for state money?" question.

Mr. Duggan seemed at home, at ease and comfortable in his own skin except for the nosey reporter tagging along asking just one more question, "Are you having fun?"

"Yeah I am.  Except when I have reporters talking to me."

So what's wrong with that?  You're not used to it?"

"Exactly."  Welcome to Lansing.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps

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

  • GOP govs' group hits Democrats in Colorado, Maine

    GOP govs' group hits Democrats in Colorado, Maine

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:25:18 GMT
    New campaign ads claim the Democratic governor of Colorado is soft on a convicted killer and the Democrats' hopeful in Maine would dole out millions in tax dollars to immigrants in the country illegally.
    The Democratic governor of Colorado is soft on a convicted killer and the Democrats' hopeful in Maine would dole out millions in tax dollars to immigrants in the country illegally, the Republican Governors Association...
  • Russia investment fund hides US advisers' names

    Russia investment fund hides US advisers' names

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:12:21 GMT
    Until last weekend, the Russian Direct Investment Fund touted prominent U.S. and European executives who serve on its international advisory board by posting their names on its website. On Tuesday, that list was...
    A $10 billion investment fund backed by the Russian government that has avoided being targeted by U.S. economic sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine redesigned its website Tuesday and made it more difficult to find names...
  • Obama addresses West Africans on facts about Ebola

    Obama addresses West Africans on facts about Ebola

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:02:53 GMT
    President Barack Obama is telling the people of West Africa that stopping the spread of Ebola won't be easy, but "we know how to do it."
    President Barack Obama urged West Africans on Tuesday to wear gloves and masks when caring for Ebola patients or burying anyone who died of the disease. He also discouraged the traditional burial practice of directly...
Powered by WorldNow

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 | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices