Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has become a fierce advocate for the Detroit Three automakers and the United Auto Workers union.
In the past, she's had squabbles with the UAW and has wished aloud that the state's fortunes weren't so tied to the ailing car business.
But when General Motors, Ford and Chrysler were getting dissed by detractors who portrayed them as dinosaurs unworthy of help, Granholm turned into an impassioned defender.
The two-term Democratic governor has been a frequent guest on the national talk shows and news programs.
She also has rallied governors worried about losing car plants and has plotted strategy with members of Congress on how to bring aide to the industry.