The caller on the other end of the line described an emotional day last Wednesday for former Detroit Mayoral candidate Mike Duggan. He had taken himself out of the running because he couldn't' get the simplest of tasks nailed down, filing the appropriate papers at the appropriate time to qualify for the ballot. Reportedly there was a huge division in the campaign on whether to stay and fight or chuck it. Chuck won.
It was sort of shades of Thad McCotter, the former Livonia congressperson, who had the same problem; somebody messed up the filing of his petition signatures but in Duggan's case there were no allegations of breaking the law; it was just plain old not crossing the T's and dotting the I's. And Duggan appropriately took the blame.
But then the caller went on. When the dust settled, this person, whose name you would recognize, was going to have a chat with Mr. Duggan about running for governor.
This would mark the second time someone asked former Wayne County Executive Ed McNamara's protégé to consider the candidacy. Earlier in the year when Mr. Duggan was totally focused on being Motown's mayor, he rejected the governor thing out of hand.
And he has not changed his tune. Multiple sources, including Mr. D. himself have closed that door before it was even opened a crack.
His candidacy had curb side appeal despite his fumble at the goal line, but Mr. Duggan appears to be done with politics and one insider offered the other day the reason why he didn't appeal this thing to the state supreme court in a last ditch effort to get on the ballot. The possible answer: The polling numbers looked awful.
So finally it looks like Mark Schauer has a clear path to the nomination which is what the party big wigs wanted all along. It was just a bumpy road getting there.