Oakland prosecutor race: Bishop vs. Cooper in November

Former Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop has set his sights on elective office again.

Bishop has filed as a candidate for the Oakland County prosecutor’s office, according to The Associated Press.

The Rochester Republican looks to unseat Democrat Jessica Cooper, the current county prosecutor.

Bishop, who was term-limited from seeking re-election to the Senate, mounted an unsuccessful campaign for state attorney general in 2010. He lost the GOP nomination in a squeaker to Bill Schuette, who won the November general election.

Bishop is currently working at Clark Hill PLC.

After a dozen years in Lansing, Bishop returns to law practice

This Monday, Clark Hill PLC will have a fairly well-known expert in public policy, business law and government relations joining its member roster.

He’s former Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, who comes off a 12-year stint in the Legislature.

“I always knew that I was going to go back to the private sector, and I love the practice of law,” Bishop told Crain’s Detroit Business. “I’ve always enjoyed the profession and the challenge of the profession, so this was really my ideal place to return.”

Bishop added that in leaving the Legislature, he takes with him “a really genuine understanding of public policy — what goes into it, what the considerations are, how to get things done,” and that will bring a “unique perspective” to Clark Hill and clients.

He will be working out of the Birmingham office of Clark Hill, the firm that ranked No. 7 in Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2010 “Michigan’s Largest Law Firms” list.

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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.