Mich. GOP gov hopefuls vary in ties to Tea Party


Four out of the five Republicans running for Michigan governor participated in at least one Tea Party Express event last week.

Yet as the tour made its way from the Upper Peninsula to the Detroit suburbs, former Gateway CEO Rick Snyder was absent.

He's not expected to attend any of Thursday's Tax Day protests around the state, including one that's expected to draw thousands to the Capitol lawn.

Snyder campaign spokesman Jake Suski said Wednesday the Ann Arbor moderate isn't out of sync with the tea partiers or trying to avoid them. He says Snyder was out of town last week and will attend a future tea party event.

Grassroots in Michigan leader Joan Fabiano says Snyder is passing up an opportunity to engage more voters.