Republican Lawmakers Rebuff Granholm Nominees

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The Michigan Senate has voted to reject five appointees that Governor Granholm named to state commissions.

Republicans say the Democratic governor should not make appointments for next year unless she wins re-election in November. But Democrats say well-qualified people are wrongly being turned away.

Republican senators along party lines this morning to reject two appointees to the Natural Resources Commission, two to the State Transportation Commission and one to the Commission of Agriculture.

Granholm is seeking re-election to a second term and will face Republican Dick DeVos in November.

Democrats note that Republicans in 2002 approved appointments made by outgoing Republican Governor John Engler, even though he could not seek another term.