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Detroit Free Press: Granholm says she’s done with elected office


“No, no and no.”

That was the response from former Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Friday when asked whether she might run for office again in 2012, 2014 or beyond.

“I served for 12 years in public office, and I’m thoroughly enjoying post-government life,” Granholm told the Free Press on Friday, days before the official release of the book “A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future.” Her husband and coauthor, Dan Mulhern, said the political door hasn’t closed for him.

“I’m really happy where we are, and I’m not fanatical about doing anything in particular. But if one day, if that means elective office, then …” he said, his voice trailing off before offering a definitive political promise.

The couple wrote the book, Granholm said, to offer lessons on how to crack the code to create jobs. She was governor during one of the worst economic times in Michigan’s history, seeing the state’s unemployment rate jump from 6.3% when she first came into office, up to 14% in August 2009 and down to 10.7% when she left office.

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9/19/11: Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm joins CNN’s Piers Morgan to discuss the state of the American economy: Granholm: “We’ve got to make a competitive playing field for them to choose to come to America…I’m talking about a partnership with business.”

LA Times: Advice From The Front Line

By George Skelton Capitol Journal September 18, 2011, 10:56 p.m.

From Sacramento

Jennifer Granholm is a California girl — with a very California story — who was elected governor of Michigan at the worst time. Now she’s back in California offering advice on how we and other states can turn economic rust into recovery.

Or, how California can avoid becoming another shuttered Michigan.

Actually, we’ve already failed in that, based on lost jobs.

According to figures released Friday, California still had the second highest unemployment rate in the nation in August, 12.1%. Nevada again was first at 13.4%. Michigan came in third with 11.2%, an improvement over the 14% of about two years ago.

Michigan seems to be slowly rebounding. California isn’t.

Granholm, 52, became Michigan’s governor in 2003 when its unemployment was only 6.6% but already rising. Detroit automakers were running on fumes and the state’s economy was sputtering.

Michigan’s state budget, like California’s of recent years, was starving for tax revenue.

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