Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for VP?

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Here’s a name I didn’t have on my VP shortlist, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. That’s who Republican commentator Chris Ingram suggests, based on his bio, principles and…his delegation’s choice hotel assignment at the 2012 RNC in Tampa. Ingram explains:

Make no mistake, Snyder isn’t exactly a household name. His own website acknowledges that just two years ago he was “a virtual unknown in the political world.” And while his parents didn’t flee persecution (or not) of a Third World dictator, and he never billed household repairs to his Republican Party Amex card, and he never paid a hefty fine for campaign violations like one junior senator from Florida just did, Snyder knows how to get things done.

Snyder has delivered on campaign promises, including eliminating the state’s business tax and replacing it with a flat tax. He also eliminated the state’s $1.5 billion budget deficit — without partisan infighting or a government shutdown, as occurred with his predecessor.

Snyder doesn’t have a “political career.” What he has is real-world experience working for corporations such as Gateway and Coopers and Lybrand. He knows business, the negative effect high taxes have on the economy, and how to create jobs — not because someone wrote him a fancy speech but because he has lived it. He is also an attorney with an MBA.

In his first and only campaign, Snyder got 58 percent of the vote and demonstrated tremendous crossover appeal by picking up a significant chunk of the Democratic vote.

Snyder is the personification of what an elected official should be. He has business experience, and he is disciplined. Too bad he doesn’t speak fluent Spanish.

Read Ingram’s article here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.