GOP’s Cox Launches Official Campaign for Michigan Governor
Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox officially launched a long-expected 2010 bid for governor Wednesday. The suburban Detroit Republican, who has been exploring the race since November, told supporters that he was “ready to lead the fight for Michigan’s future.”
“As a Marine, prosecutor, and Attorney General, I have spent my life fighting for the people of Michigan,” Cox said in a release. “I will be a governor who is willing to make the tough decisions to help grow Michigan’s economy.”
The economy clearly will be the top issue in next year’s race to succeed term-limited Democrat Jennifer M. Granholm , who was elected in 2002 and 2006. Staggered especially by the sharp downturn in its crucial automobile industry, Michigan led all states with a 12.7 percent unemployment rate in April.
Cox joins a crowded field of Republican hopefuls looking to reclaim the seat after eight years of Democratic control under Granholm, who was preceded in the seat by Republican John Engler.