Michigan AG announces run for governor

Chris Rizo May 27, 2009, 10:24am

Mike Cox (R)

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline)-Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said Wednesday that he will seek the Republican nomination for governor.

The attorney general made his announcement on the Internet social networking Site Twitter, following months of considering a run in 2010 to replace Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who is barred by term limits from seeking a third term.

Cox, 47, was elected attorney general in 2002. He has been a steadfast supporter of tax cuts to help revive the Wolverine State's ailing economy.

"With Michigan at an economic crossroads, we have a choice to make. We can watch Michigan die a slow economic death or we can stand up and fight for Michigan's future," Cox said. "As a Marine, prosecutor, and attorney general, I have spent my life fighting for the people of Michigan. I will be a governor who is willing to make the tough decisions to help grow Michigan's economy and bring good paying jobs here so families and young people can stay and prosper."

Cox joins an already crowded GOP field, which includes Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, state Sen. Tom George and Ann Arbor-area businessman Rick Snyder.

On the Democratic side, those considering a run for governor include: Lt. Gov. John Cherry, state Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith and former state Rep. John Freeman.

From Legal Newsline: Reach staff reporter Chris Rizo at chrisrizo@legalnewsline.com.

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