Paul Egan Detroit Free Press Published 10:00 p.m. UTC May 25, 2018 MIDLAND – Radiating transparent ambition. In a hurry to move up to a higher office. Those sound like the taunts Attorney General Bill Schuette’s opponents are hurling at the veteran Republican politician during his current campaign for Michigan governor. In reality, they’re assessments Schuette made of himself, looking back on his time in Congress in the 1980s. “While I worked hard on the issues, I didn’t work hard enough to build relationships,” Schuette, 63, of Midland wrote in his 2015 book, “Big Lessons from a Small Town.” “My transparent ambition turned off a lot of my fellow House members … (but) I didn’t much care. I was trying to survive, trying to climb higher and didn’t recognize that not all ladders actually lead up.” After three terms in the U.S. House, Schuette opted in 1990 to take on two-term U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and was soundly defeated by the Detroit Democrat, who would remain in office until his retirement at the end of 2014. It was the only election Schuette ever lost. Opponents like Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who has accused Schuette of misusing his office for campaign and personal purposes, say it was a momentary… Read full this story
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