Capitol, Snyder Prep For Inauguration

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

LANSING -- Come rain or thunder -- both of which were present in downtown Lansing on Friday -- Governor-Elect Rick Snyder will be holding his inauguration ceremonies outside.

"Well, it's part of the tradition," Snyder told News 10 in an exclusive interview Friday inside the Capitol building. "And I think it's important to continue those traditions, while at the same time saying we need to look at new ways of doing things."

It is a departure from Gov. Granholm, who gave both of her inauguration speeches in the comfort of the Lansing Center.

But Snyder, along with running mate and Lt. Governor-Elect Brian Calley and a slew of other Republicans taking office (including Attorney General-Elect Bill Schuette and Secretary of State-Elect Ruth Johnson) will be right on the Capitol grounds -- where crews continued work Friday, and organizers gathered under a tent to hammer out the details of Saturday's schedule.

Of course, part of the work New Year's Day will be convincing onlookers that the new administration can deal with the state's woes.

"We're ready, ready to get started right now," Calley said Friday.

As for a message to Michiganians, both Snyder and Calley say they plan to strike a cord of optimism.

"Today is a new day," Calley said. "And we really want the people of Michigan to come together and start believing in this state again."

Saturday's ceremonies will also be filled with tributes to the nation's military, including a fly over by four A-10 Warthogs, a cannon salute and music by the Michigan Army National Guard band.

"Those have always been a part of the inaugural, and I'm excited to be part of that, and I appreciate them participating," Snyder said.

As for any concerns about part of the ceremony being up against bowl games for both the MSU and U of M football teams?

"We're scheduled from 11:30 to 1, and you've got one game at 1 o'clock, and the other at 1:30, so I think the crowd will thin out quite quickly after we're done," Snyder said with a laugh.

An interesting note about security for the inauguration. Michigan is an "open-carry" state, including the Capitol grounds. That means anyone who wants to show up here Saturday strapped with a gun is allowed to.

Security officials tell News 10 that means they'll have to be extra-vigilant to make sure New Year's Day in Lansing remains safe.


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