I hate to say I told you so (OK, I so don’t), but an Insider NJ columnist this week is out with a column that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would make a fine running mate for former Vice President Joe Biden in 2020.
Yes, it’s early. And sure, no one know who the Democratic nominee will be. And of course, Whitmer has told me twice that she has no interest in being on the ticket. But you can bet your bottom dollar that several national pundits in the coming months will raise Whitmer’s name as a vice presidential pick, which tends to send both Republicans and diehard supporters of her 2018 Dem primary opponents into a tizzy.
Anyway, here’s what columnist Alan Steinberg, who served in GOP former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman’s administration, writes for the well-know New Jersey political site, after talking with Biden ally Jim McQueeny:
So when I asked Jim the question about the best match for Joe Biden as a vice presidential running mate, he answered with alacrity: Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
She has received national acclaim over the past 24 hours for her announcement that she will, by executive action, ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in Michigan. Vaping has become a national youth health crisis, severely affecting teen-agers, and Governor Whitmer will become the first governor in the nation to issue such a ban.
Steinberg complimented Whitmer for her “admirable decisiveness,” and added: “There is something about Gretchen Whitmer that I find, at least on the surface, extremely endearing. She is married to her dentist, Marc Mallory, and the joke was that she wasn’t under anesthesia when she accepted his marriage proposal. It is the second marriage for both, and they strongly emphasize their blended family of her two daughters and his three sons.”
McQueeny noted that Whitmer’s outspokenness about being raped in college as she advocates for reproductive rights “struck a deep chord with women voters. And it is still resonating. Her focus in office on health care issues and cooperation with Republicans in the Legislature on other reform issues is the right healing post-Trump touch that is the companion narrative of Biden.”
Steinberg argues “a Biden-Whitmer ticket would be a perfect balance in terms of gender, age, and geography. And both are center-left in terms of ideology.” He concludes it’s a “match made in heaven. And I think it may happen.”