Guardino v. Granholm in CA-MI smackdown

When former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm – now a visiting professor at UC-Berkeley – finished taking part in a panel discussion at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s economic forum Friday in Mountain View, she discovered she had lost her car keys and her cell phone.

“Let’s show Michigan the love,” SVLG President and CEO Carl Guardino exhorted the crowd, seeking help in finding the missing – or possibly purloined – items.

“I am not sure if the governor found her keys or her phone,” Guardino replied to an email query that night. “As Governor of Michigan, she tried to steal our companies. Perhaps someone felt they should steal her car!”

Granholm assured me Tuesday that she had recovered the items and no skulduggery had been involved.

“I understand Carl’s psychological projection,” she said. “Anyone who sees it wants to steal my fantastic car: It’s a Volt, made in Michigan!”

UPDATE @ 10:57 A.M.: Guardino tweeted a few minutes ago, “Josh, great blog post. I gotta admit, though, that I’ve been a huge fan of the Gov for years!”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR senile columnist

    Jen loves her Volt. I don’t believe her. She is more full of you-know-what than a Great Lakes goose at holiday time.

  • JohnW

    You’re a mind reader?

    The lady says she likes it. That’s good enough for me. I wouldn’t buy a Volt or any other all-electric except as a golf cart, but that’s me. My Prius hybrid does just fine. Not to save the planet, but to save me about $3,000 a year in gas.

  • Elwood

    The Volt is a wonderful car.

    I don’t understand why GM can’t give them away.

  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    Volts are quiet. Just about the only car that can sneak up on people. They just cost to much.
    Since Granholm was born in Canada, we don’t have to worry about her becoming president. Even if she is much better to look at, than any past or current U,S. president.

  • JohnW


    You’re right about Granholm and the presidency. But we could get another Canadian born president, Ted “McCarthy” Cruz. His daddy was Cuban who fought for Castro, but his mom was born in the U.S. So he is eligible according to most experts.

    That combination makes you ineligible only if people imagine you were born in another country to a foreign dad and an American mom and you’re black.

  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    The Republicans wanted to end the discrimination on foreign born presidential candidates, when Arnold was popular. Maybe the Democrats will mention that, when they want to recruit Granholm? After all, name recognition is all important in politics & Hollywood. If you can tell them apart.