Republicans Attack Bernero On Spending

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Questions spending on office aquarium, meals and pencils.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is seen in an Aug. 29, 2007 photo in Lansing, Mich. Bernero said Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 he plans to create an exploratory committee as he considers challenging Lt. Gov. John Cherry and others for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination next year. The former state lawmaker will file paperwork this week and plans to decide whether to enter the race early next year. (AP Photo/Lansing State Journal, Rod Sanford)

The Republican Governors Association is running another ad against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero, this one questioning spending by the Lansing mayor.

The 30-second ad says Bernero spent about $4,000 during his five years in office on personalized pencils and maintaining an office aquarium. It also says he spent $20,000 on food.

Bernero campaign spokesman Cullen Schwarz said Monday the food was for official city events. Bernero's predecessor David Hollister installed the fish tank, which is popular with visiting students.

Schwarz says Bernero has cut his pay and health care, given up his city car and reduced his office budget every year.

The ad ends by saying Republican Rick Snyder's fiscal responsibility plan is "priceless." is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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