Ex-Rep. Schauer ‘strongly leaning toward’ run for Michigan governor

Former congressman Mark Schauer (D-Mich.) sounds like he's a good bet to run against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) in 2014.

“I’m strongly leaning toward putting a campaign together and getting going," Schauer told the Detroit Free Press. "The desire is there.”

Former congressman Bart Stupak, 2010 nominee Virg Bernero and state board of education member John Austin have all stepped aside for Schauer. State Rep. Vicki Barnett is also looking at the race.

Schauer lost his 2010 reelection race to Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) but is still viewed favorably by Democratic leaders.

Snyder has long suffered from subpar approval ratings and figures to be a top Democratic target in 2014.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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