ESCANABA - With Lt. Gov. John Cherry not seeking the governor's seat in November, speculation is growing as to who will run for the office.
One of the names that has been mentioned is U.S. Rep.Bart Stupak, D-Menominee.
Stupak said, he was disappointed to learn of Cherry's decision not to continue his candidacy for governor. He also said he was humbled to be mentioned as a possible candidate.
U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Menoninee (AP photo)
He hopes to make a decision in the next few days.
At least one prominent U.P. Democrat is not interested in the governor's post.
State Sen. Mike Prusi, D-Ishpeming, said he is going to concentrate on his position as Senate minority leader, adding that it was far too late in the campaign season to start a bid for governor with no money.
When asked how he felt about Stupak running, Prusi said "Bart (Stupak) would be a very strong candidate, but I don't believe he would want to give up a very powerful office in Congress."
He added that one issue the Democratic candidate would need to address is how to deal with the problems of record unemployment in addition to a projected budget deficit for fiscal year 2011.
"As for preferences for a candidate to run in the August primary, I really don't have one at this time," said Prusi.
Attempts to reach State Rep. Judy Nerat for her comments on a potential candidate were unsuccessful.
Other candidates considering a run for the governor's office include Michigan Speaker of the House Andy Dillion and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.
Already running for governor are former Rep. John Freeman and current state Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith.