I spent some time yesterday in Mount Clemens talking with Mark Hackel, who four and a half years ago became the first executive Macomb County has ever had. You’d have a hard time finding anyone as enthusiastic about any county anywhere as Hackel is about Macomb.
He was born there 53 years ago; stayed because he didn’t want to go away to school, and has never lived, or wanted to live, anywhere else.
A Democrat — at least on paper — he was elected sheriff three times, and has been elected county executive twice in massive landslides. Both were in years when his party’s candidate for governor lost the county badly.
Naturally, there’s been a lot of speculation about whether he might be the Democrats’ best hope of taking the statehouse back three years from now. Hackel admits he’s thought about it, but says: