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