They Said it

In almost every issue of Inside Michigan Politics, we scour the scene for the most entertaining, most insightful and most head-scratching quotes in Michigan politics. There’s a reason why people frequently lobby us to get their words of wisdom in our newsletter.

Here are a few bonus quotes to give you a taste of what IMP has to offer:

 Jeremy Moss

“If two people show up at the Capitol, one armed with a rifle and one holding a sign, only one of them will be turned away — the person with the sign. Signs aren’t designed to harm or kill, but apparently some politicians are afraid of them. Meanwhile, people who expect to be safe inside state buildings are often startled to see other visitors carrying rifles on their backs, or carrying handguns in holsters.”

–– Rep. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) on his proposal with Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) to ban guns at Michigan’s Capitol and allow signs back in (4/14).

 Candice Miller

“I never said I was running for governor. Other people said that.”

–– U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-Harrison Twp.), who last year announced she wouldn’t run for re-election and this week shocked the Michigan political world by declaring a run for Macomb County Public Works Commissioner. Establishment Republicans have been begging her to run to succeed Gov. Rick Snyder in 2018 (Detroit News, 3/23).

 Marco Rubio

“The politicizing of it, I think, is unfair, because I don’t think someone woke up one morning and said “let’s figure out how to poison the water system to hurt someone, but accountability is important. I will say I give the Governor [Rick Snyder] credit. He took responsibility for what happened and he’s talked about people being held accountable and the need to change.”

–– Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio toeing the party line and defending Michigan’s governor on the Flint water crisis at the GOP debate in Detroit (3/3).

 Dayne Walling

“Angry, frustrated citizens raised their voice. [Donald]-Trump-like voters came out of the woodwork.”

–– Former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling on his 2015 re-election loss in the midst of the Flint water crisis (The Atlantic, 2/10).

“Paul was my go-to guy for political insights. The longtime Republican strategist, who died Tuesday at his Oakland County home, walked me through political what-ifs and why-nots for much of the past 20 years, drawing his answers from a career spent helping get Republicans elected to office in Michigan.”

–– Detroit News Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley on the late Paul Welday, former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg (4/27).