Virg Bernero may be out funded in the Michigan governor’s race, but he insists that he won’t be out worked.
“My opponent’s been busy measuring the drapes in the governor’s office, meanwhile we’ve been working, and we have another six days to do it,” Bernero told supporters at a rally today in Benton Harbor.
Some polls have Bernero trailing by as much as 20-points heading into the home stretch of the campaign.
“I keep hearing about these polls, and I heard about them in the primary, the self defeating attitude. If you want, the press and the pollsters will decide the election for you. If you chose, then you can decide the election,” Bernero told a gathering of about 50 supporters at the Democratic Party headquarters.
Bernero also had big news to share. General Motors is apparently on the verge of announcing a $190 million expansion of its Grand River Assembly Plant in Lansing—a move that will create 600-new jobs.
The official announcement is expected to come Thursday.
Bernero is currently the Mayor of Lansing—who just so happens to be looking for a new job in the Governor’s Office.
The G.M. jobs announcement certainly seems to underscore his campaign claim that he is the only candidate with a proven track record of creating jobs.
“I think really, it is a matter that Rick Snyder (the Republican candidate for governor) talks about it, and I’ve done it. My economic plan is loaded with specifics, specific proposals that I’ll introduce some that I have done as mayor; his proposal is basically new age dot com bisno babble. It’s very generic, we don’t really know what Rick Snyder will do, If you want to know what Virg Bernero will do, you can look at my record in Lansing,” Bernero said.
Today’s visit was designed to fire up the party’s base heading into the home stretch of the campaign.
For some, it worked. “They’re trying to say that it’s over, but it’s not over,” said John Wilson who attended today’s rally.
“I think he's got a great chance of winning,” said Philip Tanton. “I think he is in fact the favorite for a thinking audience.”
“I think he’s got a chance, yes, otherwise I wouldn’t be spending every day and night working on this campaign,” said the Chairperson of the Berrien County Democratic Party Ginny Washburn.