BY TAMMY STABLES BATTAGLIA
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
Oakland County executive L. Brooks Patterson said he’ll formally announce Saturday he’s “testing the waters” on a run for Michigan governor in 2010.
“I know I can do better,” he said this morning. “I think I’ve proven that, if you look at how well Oakland County‘s managed and the things we’re doing here. I think we take the programs that are successful here and replicate that at the state level.”
Patterson said whether his bid becomes official depends on the response after his annual birthday bash Saturday night. At this point, he doesn’t have a war chest to finance a run, but he’s already had verbal pledges of support from around the state, he said.
"I don’t even have an exploratory committee,” he said today. “I’m going to send up a trial balloon. Right now, I’m just putting my name in the rumor mill.”
The Free Press reported Wednesday that supporters recently launched a Facebook group called “Draft Brooks Patterson for Michigan Governor.”