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November 22, 2010

Snyder backs developer Schostak to head Mich. GOP

Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing— Gov.-elect Rick Snyder today endorsed developer Robert Schostak to succeed Ron Weiser as chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.
“Bobby Schostak is the right person to lead our party as Republicans assume the mantle of leadership and work to reinvent Michigan,” Snyder said in a news release.
“Bobby helped lead Michigan Republicans to their most successful election cycle in more than a generation and he will make sure our elected officials and candidates have the resources they need to succeed in 2012.”
Schostak is the state party’s finance chairman, and he and Weiser are credited with leading a record fundraising effort.
At least three other candidates have expressed interest in the position: Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop and Grand Rapids businessman and party Vice Chairman Scott Greenlee.
However, all three said they would wait to see what position Snyder took before deciding whether to officially jump into the race.
Weiser, chairman for the last two years, is not seeking another term. The chairman will be chosen at a state party convention in late January or early February.
Bishop today would not rule out a possible candidacy but said, “I have great respect for the governor-elect (and) I think it’s incumbent upon all of us to respect his decision to endorse a candidate.”
Bishop said he talked to Snyder recently and told him “his decision to endorse a candidate is significant and will play a role in the decision-making process.
“In the end, this is about the grassroots,” Bishop said.
He said he didn’t want to think about the chairmanship until he has completed his work as Senate majority leader. He said he never put his own name forward but had been encouraged by many others to seek the chairmanship.
Land and Greenlee could not immediately be reached.
Schostak, CEO of the Livonia firm Schostak Bros. & Co., left the firm in the hands of his two brothers so he could raise money for the GOP full-time.
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Despite his earlier ambitions I do not believe Scott Greenlee will run and I know Terri Lynn Land will not run for Party Chair. I wish she would run for Congress.

Mister Schostak is incredibly controversial if one were to simply inject facts of his history into the Republican players yet when given in the context of Ron Weiser and Rick Snyder’s deliberate narrative he becomes the unity candidate.