AG Schuette sidesteps questions on his political future

Jim Lynch
The Detroit News

Hours after winning his bid for re-election as Michigan’s Attorney General, Bill Schuette was already answering questions about his political future Wednesday morning.

The Republican defeated Democrat Mark Totten by more than half a million votes — 52 percent to 44 percent — Tuesday night. In media appearances this morning, Schuette side-stepped questions about a potential run for Michigan governor in four years.

“It’s November 5, and I’m focused on finishing 2014,” he told television reporters this morning. “I’m not worried about the future.”

Later, appearing on WJR, Schuette addressed the issue again in a similar fashion.

“The future will come soon enough,” he said.

Schuette also laid out his priorities for the coming term as attorney general. They include implementing the recommendations of a commission focused on human trafficking issues, addressing Michigan’s backlog of DNA and rape test kits and improving school safety.

“The message here is that we want Michigan to move forward,” Schuette said. “It’s about solving problems and providing solutions.”

In an appearance on the “Michigan’s Big Show” radio program, Schuette was still glowing from the big victories Republicans racked up Tuesday night – from the governor’s office to the Legislature and Supreme Court.

“Oh what a night,” Schuette said. “It was a Frank Valli night, a Jersey Boy night.”

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