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Tech Exec Bids for Michigan Governor as Outsider

Rick Snyder, a technology industry veteran from Ann Arbor, officially kicked off a dark-horse bid in the crowded 2010 Republican primary for governor, and set off on a four-day announcement tour across the state.

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Snyder’s bid to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm is his first campaign for public office, and he is framing himself as a political outsider.

A former president and chief operating officer of computer company Gateway Inc., Snyder contends his business and high-tech background makes him the candidate who is best able to re-energize the recession-plagued state’s economy and repair the low opinion most Michigan voters currently have of their state government in Lansing.  

Snyder sought to link himself to the legacy of inventor Thomas A. Edison during his announcement speech at Greenfield Village, part of the Henry Ford Museum in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. His event was held at Edison’s Menlo Park, N.J., laboratory, relocated to the museum, which “embodies the inventive spirit we need to embrace,” Snyder said in a statement.