Snyder Chooses Transition Team

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

After meeting with Governor Granholm Wednesday, Governor-Elect Rick Snyder takes the next step in changing over the administration by choosing those who will help him closely.

"Let's bring in the best people together, that may have public experience but also have great private expereince," Snyder says.

Those people are Doug Rothwell, who currently leads the group "Business Leaders for Michigan." Also, his wife Sharon Rothwell, Governor Engler's former Chief of Staff, and Mark Murray, a former state Treasurer.

"I think if you look at the three individuals we're putting on our team today, they're great representatives of that," he says.

Political anaylst Bill Rustem says Snyder was elected in part for his vision: to change Michigan's economic landscape. Now it's time to put that into action.

"He's done a pretty good job of that, painting that picture," Rustem says. "He needs to do that while giving people specifics on how you get where you need to go."

Some Snyder detractors had complained during the campaign Snyder had only painted broad strokes, and hadn't made many specifics on how he plans to 'reinvent Michigan.' But some say he may give some specifics pretty quickly.

"I think shortly after January 1," Rustem says. "The state of the state comes up right in January, and he'll have to articulate those specifics."

That's still nearly three months away, though; in the meantime, Snyder will work with his transition team and with the current governor to hit the ground running come January.

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