Granholm, to the Supreme Court?
Last weekend, CNN aired an interview with Michigan's governor, Jennifer Granholm, on a range of topics: the state's fledgling efforts to broaden its economic base, the future of Detroit, and speculation that she is on President Obama's short list of nominees to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
Granholm was born in Canada and trained at Harvard Law School. She spent several years as a federal prosecutor in Detroit, and in 1998 was elected Michigan's first female attorney general. Four years later, she was elected the state's first female governor. In two terms, however, Granholm has struggled to lead Michigan through some of the worst effects of the global economic crisis, and the near-collapse of her state's core auto industry. Nevertheless, last summer, White House officials vetted Granholm for the Supreme Court nomination that ultimately went to Sonia Sotamayor.
Granholm's lack of judicial experience might actually be an attribute. In the CNN interview, taped last week at the state's capitol, Granholm, a 51-year-old Catholic, told the network's chief political correspondent, Candy Crowley: “I think it's a very wise move to consider experience that is not just from the judicial monastery…not just me, but Janet Napolitano (the former Arizona governor, and current Homeland Security secretary) – people who have applied the laws that Congress enacts.” She added: “Someone like me would be an unconventional nominee.”
President Obama is expected to name his Supreme Court nominee in the coming weeks. Granholm's second term ends Jan. 1, 2011.
Here's more Granholm, on the economy: