Political Insider: Push to put Rosa Parks on $10 bill

State Sen. Morris Hood III of Detroit is bidding to put Rosa Parks’ image on revamped $10 bills the U.S. Treasury Department plans to roll out in 2020.

Hood this week introduced a Senate resolution urging Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to make the civil rights activist the first woman featured on U.S. currency.

Lew says he wants a woman to be the face of the next currency denomination scheduled for redesign, the $10 bill, which now features the nation’s first treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton.

Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low, abolitionist Harriet Tubman and media mogul Oprah Winfrey are other female icons being mentioned.

Parks, who died at 92 in 2005, moved from Alabama to Detroit shortly after her refusal to take a back seat led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. That march is widely seen as the trigger for the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

It’s a misconception that Parks’ prominence stems only from her refusal to give up her bus seat on Dec. 1, 1955, Hood said.

In fact, Hood said, Parks had been secretary of the Montgomery NAACP for years before the boycott, became a legislative aide to U.S.Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Detroit after the boycott and led various nonprofit organizations with husband Raymond.

Jeb Bush gets personal

Ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was especially accommodating to a Williamston couple who wanted his autograph after a late May Lincoln Day dinner speech near Lansing.

When Jeff and Deanna Soper told him their daughter Chelsea was unable to attend owing to military duty, Bush dialed her up and left a cellphone message.

“Chelsea, I’m sorry you couldn’t be here,” he said. “Thank you for your service to our country. I’m here with your Mama. Go Blue!”

The University of Michigan student was on a two-week U.S. Navy cruise as a midshipman second-class with the Reserve Officers Training Corps. She’s a member of UM’s College Republicans and a big Bush fan.

Does the GOP presidential contender have equal appeal for Chelsea’s parents?

“We were very impressed,” Jeff Soper said. “It just sounds like he believes in what he’s talking about.”

But they confessed they were equally impressed with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who spoke to Ingham and Oakland county Republicans earlier in the month.

More emergency managing

After spending nearly two years in the trenches of Detroit’s financial meltdown, message maven Bill Nowling is wading into the fiscal morass of Atlantic City, N.J.

Atlantic City is operating under an emergency manager installed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to clean up the seaside gambling mecca’s books.

Nowling was the spokesman for Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr and has continued to remain involved in the city’s post-bankruptcy reorganization through the creation of the Great Lakes Water Authority. He also advised Wayne County ExecutiveWarren Evans’ transition team late last year.

Atlantic City has hired the New York-based communications firm Finn Partners, where Nowling is now a senior partner in the new Detroit office.

Nowling, a longtime Republican political operative in Lansing, said he will be advising Atlantic City emergency manager Kevin Lavin on communicating a financial restructuring plan to creditors, taxpayers, city workers, retirees and the New York municipal finance markets — all the things he managed for Orr in Detroit.

In taking on the Atlantic City assignment, Nowling is following Orr, who briefly was a part-time adviser to Lavin before returning to the Jones Day law firm last month.

“You go where the work is,” Nowling said Wednesday. “The experience that I gained in Detroit on restructuring and the bankruptcy there, I think it’s the kind of experience that other communities are looking for.”

Contributors: Gary Heinlein, Chad Livengood