George Cushingberry Jr. was stopped by police Jan. 7. (Clarence Tabb Jr. / The Detroit News)
Detroit City Council President Pro Tem George Cushingberry Jr.’s run-in with Detroit police officers, which resulted in a citation for not using his turn signal, has become a topic of interest among part of Detroit’s state legislative delegation.
Cushingberry, a former state representative, said he recently was targeted for the pullover because he was “driving while black,” and he only had an old, empty bottle of rum in the vehicle while his passenger had medical marijuana. Police sources say the councilman nearly hit a police detail and was found to have an open bottle of liquor and the smell of marijuana in his car, but a supervisor decided against an arrest.
The ensuing controversy led state Rep. Harvey Santana, D-Detroit, to quip last week at the start of a House committee hearing, according to the Lansing news organization Michigan Information & Research Service: “I almost got here late. I was pulled over for driving while Puerto Rican. I had a bottle of Bacardi and a bag of medical weed. I told them I knew Cush … They let me go.”
Political blog to be 'mothballed'
RightMichigan.com, the fiery conservative political blog, may have veered a little too far to the right.
The website’s chief blogger, Jason Gillman of Traverse City, announced this week that the website will be “mothballed” by Feb. 10.
“The lease is up, the rent is too high and it’s time to find new digs,” Gillman wrote.
Some GOP heavyweights have privately complained about the tea-party bent on the blog, where conservatives have bemoaned Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s centrist initiatives.
The website’s founder, Nick De Leeuw, stepped away from its daily operation in 2009 after years of scorching Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s administration to go work in government and then political consulting.
“I am extremely proud of the role RightMichigan has played in Lansing, but it’s true when they say that all good things must come to an end,” De Leeuw said in an email. “And it was over the last few months that I became convinced RightMichigan in its current form had run its course.”
National ambitions to sell state's recovery
Gov. Rick Snyder’s name has been tossed around in Republican political circles as someone whose background as the CEO of businesses and the state of Michigan might qualify him for national office.
Snyder told The Detroit News Editorial Board last week he welcomes the presidential-vice presidential chatter — as long as it gets people talking about Michigan’s economic recovery and the favorable business climate he’s created through tax cuts and deregulation.
But what does the governor’s wife, Sue, think about him eying higher office?
“She has been quite clear on that topic,” Snyder said with a laugh.
We’ll take that as a no.
Contributors: Richard Burr, Chad Livengood, Gary Heinlein