“I was never a representative of the state,” Baird said.
“Who did you hold yourself out as?” Wertheimer asked.
“An independent consultant to the governor and his team involved in talent sourcing,” Baird said.
“But you were working for the governor,” Wertheimer said.
“I was working with the governor,” Baird said.
“You pushed for Jones Day to be hired, didn’t you?” Wertheimer asked.
“Define pushed,” Baird said.
“You spoke in their favor, talked to people, suggested Jones Day would be a good choice, something like that?” the lawyer asked. At the time, Jones Day was in the running along with four other firms.
“I said any of those five firms would be a good choice,” Baird said.
“Did you tell Orr you were also going to be pulling for Jones Day?” Wertheimer asked.
“I believe I did,” Baird said.
“You’re the governor’s right-hand man,” Wertheimer said.
“There is nothing in my job description or agreement that puts that label on me, sir,” Baird said.
I GUESS HE’S SNYDER’S ‘PUSH ME PULL YOU’ – THE DR. DO-LITTLE OF MICHIGANISTAN!
IT’S ALBERT CAMUS’ BIRTHDAY, AND IN BANKRUPTCY COURT WE ARE HONORING GEORGE ORWELL, FRANZ KAFKA, HUGH LOFTING & MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS!