AG candidate Schuette claims record for campaign cash

Bill Schuette, a former Court of Appeals judge and currently senior counsel at Warner, Norcross & Judd, is sitting pretty in his quest to be Michigan’s next attorney general.

Actually, he’s sitting on top of $402,740 in campaign contributions as of Dec. 31, 2009.

That figure, his Web site boasts, “is more than any non-incumbent AG candidate has raised at this point in time in Michigan history.”

In addition to the record amount of fundraising, Schuette’s donations came from 740 individuals.

“The hundreds of donors from all corners of the state show the widespread support for a fundamental re-alignment with the way Lansing does business,” Schuette added.

Schuette is a Republican and a Midland native.

Whitmer files paperwork for AG candidacy

Michigan Senator Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) made her bid for the state attorney general’s office official by filing candidacy paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office on Friday, reports The Grand Rapids Press.

According to a report in Friday’s Capitol Capsule from Michigan Information and Research Service,

Whitmer plans on continuing to run for her state Senate seat and if selected as the Democratic nominee in August of next year, the Ingham County Democratic party would pick a replacement candidate. Reps. Mark Meadows (D-East Lansing), Joan Bauer (D-Lansing), Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) and former State Rep. Paul DeWeese of Williamston would be considered likely candidates for the open seat.

The Michigan Republican Party was quick to go on the offensive.

“One has to ask, does Gretchen Whitmer want to be attorney general or does she just want to boost her ego,” said Greg McNeilly, Interim Executive Director.

“In her tenure in the state Legislature — whether the House or Senate — Whitmer has done more to add to partisan politics than she has to help benefit residents of the state. She’s a liberal elitist who prefers to build her resume at the expense of hard-working families. Michigan doesn’t need another Jennifer Granholm clone seeking fame and glory over the best interests of residents.”

Meanwhile, The Detroit News reports that former Court of Appeals Judge Bill Schuette was the favorite choice of GOPers’ attending the every-other-year Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island this past weekend.

Schuette led the attorney general’s race with 697 votes, or 57.51 percent. Mike Bishop got 446, and State Sen. Bruce Patterson got 69.

Former COA judge announces bid for state AG

Former Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Bill Schuette makes it official today: he’ll formally announce his candidacy for the 2010 state attorney general’s race, reports The Associated Press.

Schuette will hit Midland, Southfield, Lansing and Grand Rapids to make his campaign announcement.

Presumably, he’ll be updating his website, which for weeks has contained this message:

Bill Schuette
For Attorney General
Congressman. Department Director. State Senator. Court of Appeals Judge. Husband and dad. Bill Schuette has the strength and experience to put safety first as Michigan’s top law enforcement leader.

Other than the above blurb, the site has featured a sign-up box to get a newsletter from Schuette and a promise that “New Website Coming Soon.”

Today, maybe?

AG candidate Schuette says budget problems bad reason to release Michigan prisoners

Writing in The Detroit News, former Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Bill Schuette, now a state attorney general candidate, argues that balancing the state budget by releasing prisoners and cutting State Police officers are “reckless policies.”

Says Schuette:

By now we’ve all heard about the tragic story of the California woman who was kidnapped as an 11-year-old girl from the bus stop near her house. She was held for 18 years by a man who allegedly raped her, fathered two children by her and abused her in every way imaginable.

The man, who the neighbors say seemed nice enough, was a paroled sex offender under court supervision — and no one knew that a young girl was carefully hidden in his yard as his prisoner for nearly two decades.

Unfortunately, in Michigan, we’re taking dangerous risks that could have us reading stories like that here in our state. Lansing policymakers have embarked on a dangerous experiment of emptying our prisons instead of making the difficult reforms required to balance the state budget.

More of Schuette’s commentary here.