The election is done.
The ballots have been cast, counted, and the voters have made their wishes known.
Candidates made promises - many promises. Now comes the hard part - keeping them.
To those candidates that have been elected to office - it is time to start working. As you know. Michigan is wounded and is hurting badly. Unemployment is rampant and economic solutions are desperately needed. Michigan and the U.P. have been hit harder than most areas of the nation. We need solutions. You - as elected officials - have the power to provide those solutions.
One of the biggest issues in this campaign was job creation and leading Michigan out of its economic woes. You all used the argument that you would be more able than your opponents to create jobs and get the economy back on course. The majority of voters believed you. They put faith in the promises you made.
Mr. Snyder, Mr. Benishek, Mr. Casperson, Mr. McBroom - it's time to keep your promises.
January will mark a new year, and newly elected representatives will take their seats in both Washington and Lansing. You will be among them. You will all have choices to make. Will you choose to continue the status quo of ridiculous infighting and partisan politics that leads to nothing but stagnation? Or will you take the wishes of the voters to heart and work to turn the economy around and make life better for the people who put you in office?
If you have the good of the people at heart, step up to the plate and do your best to make Michigan better.
If you plan to play politics - do the voters a favor - don't take the oath of office. Walk away. Michigan needs leaders, not politicians.