Grand Rapids, August 27, 2005, 6:14 p.m.) One of the candidates in the race for the Republican Gubernatorial nomination has dropped out.
State Representative Jack Hoogendyk of Kalamazoo made the official announcement Saturday that he will not seek his party's nomination for governor in 2006.
This is not a surprise. Unless there's a major surprise and Mike Rogers or Candice Miller (who said they aren't running) jumps in the race, this is going to be an uneventful primary, with Dick DeVos as the next nominee for governor. State Senator Nancy Cassis is still in the race, but has already mentioned a possible interest in the Lt. Governor position in interviews.
Dick DeVos vs Jennifer Granholm. That's an easy choice for me. I'll bring the moving van myself to the governor's mansion to help Jenny pack so she can move to one of her "Cool Cities."