Maroon must be reading some polling data that isn't in his favor, now he wants to sit down and discuss the new bridge.
It's unlikely that another bridge to Canada would put the Ambassador Bridge out of business, but Dan Stamper, president of the Ambassador Bridge Company, said the company does take issue with the way Governor Rick Snyder and the Canadian government have been working to overcome or change existing law, use subsidies and give little attention to the cost of the New International Trade Crossing.
"To use all the luxuries of government to try to kill a business that's been in business since 1927 ... is just wrong," Mr. Stamper told reporters, adding that the company was prepared to sit down and talk about how to do a project without using all of the "luxuries."
In responding to Mr. Stamper's suggestion to sit down with Mr. Snyder, his spokesperson Sara Wurfel said as she recalls, that's how it began, "and it was clear there was not a lot of room," she said. "It's also been very clear where (the Morouns are) at with it."
The press conference came about an hour before Mr. Snyder kicked off a "Yes on 1 No on the Rest" ballot proposal bus tour, which began in Grand Rapids on Monday. Ms. Wurfel said the tour would be headed up to Traverse City on Monday and to Marquette and Lansing on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the tour will hit Howell, Saginaw and Flint and then wrap up in Southeast Michigan (Livonia, Sterling Heights, Pontiac and Detroit) on Thursday.
During that first event (see related story), Mr. Snyder said he wanted the Ambassador Bridge to be viable.