Gov. Snyder rules out Washington Cabinet position

Alisha Green
Associated Press

Lansing — Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday he is not angling for a Cabinet position, despite speculation that could be the case as he travels around the country promoting Michigan’s rebound.

Snyder told The Associated Press after an event in Lansing that a Washington Cabinet position is not something he is “really aspiring to.”

Snyder has been talking up the state’s successes after allies formed a nonprofit group called Making Government Accountable.

In the past few weeks, Snyder has made two private appearances at a gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition, attended the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner and appeared in Southern California.

That’s fueled speculation he’s using his travel to raise his profile for a potential presidential bid or Cabinet position, should another Republican be elected president in 2016. Snyder dismissed the notion of a Cabinet bid Monday, saying, “I am proud to be governor of Michigan, and I think it’s important to tell the Michigan story.”

An aide close to the governor told The Associated Press last month Snyder is considering a presidential run and a decision could be made in a few weeks. The aide was not authorized to speak publicly about Snyder’s plans and requested anonymity.

The governor of a Midwest industrial state who bills himself as a practical decision-maker and a “tough nerd” turnaround artist, Snyder would not be a leading presidential contender should he run.

His comments about not seeking a Cabinet-level job come as the field for GOP presidential nominees grows.

Likely presidential candidate Scott Walker was in Michigan on Monday telling Republicans that tax cuts grow the economy. Walker’s visit came the same day retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson announced a Republican presidential bid in Detroit and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul attended an event in Grand Rapids.

Associated Press Staff Writer David Eggert contributed.