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LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

Gov. Rick Snyder says he is too busy to go hunting, although he owns guns.  Yet he finds himself in the political cross-hairs brought on by yet another flap within his own party.  

Some of his friends want to hide the identity of big-shooter donors who flush millions of smackers into "issue ads."  And some of his friends want to shine some antiseptic light on the process calling for full disclosure.

And the governor is with his friends, which is to say he is on the fence.

GOP  Secretary of State Ruth Johnson got high marks for demanding more transparency for political donors.  But before she could take a victory lap, senate Republicans tripped her up at the starting blocks.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) was the chief tripper-upper contending that this was a free-speech issue.  He's carry the water on behalf of the big funders with a bill to undo what Ms. Johnson wanted to do.

It was Mr. Meekhof, who wants to be the senate GOP leader in 2015, who advised capitol scribes that when he ran all this by the governor the other day, he was "supportive."

Well that's not what the governor offered when quizzed on all this the other day. "Transparency is always important.  The question is how do you balance that with some of the free speech requirements."  Hence he wants to take two or three weeks to review all this "and look at the balance of those two."  In other words he has no position contrary to what Mr. M. asserted.

So here we go again with that transparency bug-a-boo which continues to haunt this governor.

First, his detractors argue, he was for transparency but not when it came to releasing the names of his major funders who kicked into the Nerd Fund.

Next they contend he was for transparency but when he got into court on the Detroit bankruptcy case, his poor memory, his lack of knowledge, and his attorney- client privilege testimony, left some wondering how much into transparency he really is.

And now this.

The Snyder boo-birds are poised to pounce on him if he sides with the GOP senators.  But the GOP senators will not be happy if he sides with the boo-birds.

Disclosure vs. free speech?

Which will it be this time?

Either way, he loses with somebody.

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