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E-M:/ Engler Blasts White House Staffers



Michigan Governor John Engler usually walks in lockstep with the Bush administration.  Two peas in a pod, if you will.  Yet the actions of the Bush administration even seem to be annoying lame duck Engler.  http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=536&ncid=703&e=5&u=/ap/20020418/ap_on_re_us/bush_governors_2

Partisan Tensions Strain Governors
Thu Apr 18,10:40 AM ET

By LAURA MECKLER, Associated Press Writer

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"Governors from both parties, as well as Republican and Democratic lobbyists for states, say the White House is applying at least some pressure for governors to fall in line politically.

Michigan Gov. John Engler, a Republican who chairs the NGA, blamed lower-level staff at the White House. They are confused, he said, and do not understand or respect the role that governors play.

"They're trying to win their spurs in this battle, and they are lacking any historical perspective. They cause more problems," Engler said in an interview.

Engler said he understands that Jeb Bush wants the president to succeed.

"He'd like us to be more helpful, but that isn't our role," he said."

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Does this mean that the Governors will also oppose cuts in Great Lakes research and management programs?