Inside and outside of Oakland

In and out: Another day in Michigan political life

  One politician jumped into a high profile race today, and another former politician went way, way out.

  Mark Schauer, a Battle Creek Democrat and former one-term congressman, announced he will run for governor in 2014, most likely against incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who hasn't officially announced yet but is expected to.
  Schauer, 51, defeated Republican Rep. Tim Walberg in 2008, then lost to Walberg in 2010. Schauer is also a former state lawmaker, serving in both the state House and Senate.
  Should Snyder seek re-election as expected, it'll be his first time defending an elective office.

  In the way, way out category is former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway, who was sentenced in federal court to a year and a day in jail for concealing assets in order to get approval for a short sale for her Michigan home and get out from under a big debt.
  She took the bench on the high court in 2009, but the scandal over her real estate dealings resulted in her resignation earlier this year. Snyder then appointed Macomb County's David Viviano to replace her, upping the majority of Republican-inclined judges to 5-2.

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