TIM SKUBICK: Sue Snyder committed to family time with governor
Every modern day First Family in this state shares something in common. It’s the daily desire oF family members to get more time with the dad/spouse/governor. The governor on the other hand feels the constant tug to fulfill those needs while simultaneously executing the demands of the job.
Suffice it to say the general public does not see this tug and pull but the balancing act is all encompassing for those who live it, and they all do.
Former Gov. Bill Milliken laments that his son was sent off to an out of state boarding school while Mr. Milliken ran the state. Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm concedes she felt guilty that she could not spend more time with her three children and spouse who did most of the heavy lifting for her.
And the current First Family is no different.
First Lady Sue Snyder was asked the other day about struggling to get her husband home. “Yes,” she reveals it was a challenge.
“Was it worse this year than the last two years?” she was asked with her husband sitting next to her during a public TV taping of “An Evening with the Governor.”
She looked him in the eyes before quietly answering, “Yes” again.
“And (2014) will be worse?”
And then this surprising response, “No. It’s not going to be.” They both laughed.
This year is no ordinary year. He will be in full re-election mode. His campaign handlers will have him going hither and yon in the quest to nail four more years.
But the First Lady has figured out a unique strategy to intervene so her husband can be home to spend more time with the family.
“We’re going to regulate that a little better,” she smiles as she reveals a game plan that maybe he’s never heard before.
“I’m taking notes,” the governor chuckled as she unfolded her grand scheme.
“I’ve finally figured out who are the right people to talk to about these things,” she goes on.
The interviewer had no idea what that meant.
She explains that those “people” are the scheduling folks; the ones who put in the book where the governor is going to be and when. During a campaign, next to the candidate, these gatekeepers are mucho importante and Mrs. Snyder intends to influence what goes in the book.
So she will call them and suggest that he not do this event or that?
“I wouldn’t do that. I’d talk to somebody else.”
So let’s be clear, “You’ll have somebody make the call on your behalf?”
And now with a Cheshire cat grin she says, “Yes.”
And knowing her, she will.
But having revealed this ingenious plot, she is still committed to him running for a second term. She admits she has also figured out how to live this lifestyle with him out doing his thing while she tends to the fires at home.
In fact she is so into getting him re-elected that the camera-shy First Lady is willing to do a commercial if the campaign thinks it would help.
“I was in the first commercial,” she recalls the Super Bowl ad three years ago that launched the first Snyder for Governor bid. But she sat in the background and said not a word.
With the governor facing some potential problems with female voters, it would not be shocking to see her look into the camera and explain why he is the best guy for the job.
In the meantime, she’s compiling all the email addresses and phone numbers of the campaign schedulers.