|Exterior front view of the official residence of the Michigan governor, photographed in Lansing, Wednesday, June 8, 2005. (REGINA H. BOONE/Detroit Free Press)|
The Michigan Free Press report today that Michigan's Governor-Elect Snyder has chosen to commute from Ann Arbor to Lansing instead of residing at the recently renovated governor's residence in Lansing. See article here http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101118/NEWS06/11180479/1001/rss01&template=fullarticle
As I was reading this article, I was finding myself conflicted from the point of view as a working mother and environmentally conscious individual. Please note, this blog post has nothing to do with political views - it's my opinion about life's choices.
His reasons for staying in Ann Arbor is to keep his teenage daughter in the same school instead of uprooting her. OK, I can relate to that, transitioning to the 9th grade is difficult. On the other hand - it's a 70 minute commute each way in good conditions along the US-23 corridor.
After some consideration, I've chosen to disagree with his decision.
He's a millionaire in his own right and he choose to run for the Governorship position, presumably to do good things for the voting public of Michigan. He's not recovering from a recent job layoff and relocating to a new job, trying to make things work for his family. His situation is a little different than most of us.
I don't see how his spending 2.5 hours on the road everyday makes sense for an elected official serving in a high capacity position. Let's assume it's roughly 70 miles from Ann Arbor to the Governor's office in Lansing or 150 miles round trip every day for 200 days a year, plus Michigan State Police escort. That is a lot of gas and expense.
If Gov.-elect Snyder cared that much about maintaining his daughter's current education, he should not have run for the elected office. President Obama brought his 2 daughters to the White House from Chicago and his girls started at a new school.
It remains to be seen how Gov-elect Snyder will balance his job and family life but right now it seems we've elected a part time governor.