GOP, Democratic consultants form unlikely alliance

May 5, 2012 • Business

Republican consultants Jeff Timmer and Mark Pischea of The Sterling Corp., pose for a photo Friday, May 4, 2012, in Lansing, Mich. Timmer and Pischea have joined in an unusual partnership with Democratic consultants at Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications to promote a November ballot issue that would increase renewable energy requirements. (AP Photo/Kathy Barks Hoffman)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican consultant Mark Pischea and Democratic consultant Dianne Byrum haven’t agreed on much over the years, including whether the state should loosen embryonic stem cell research restrictions or cut the number of lawmakers and state Supreme Court justices. Sometimes the differences have been downright personal, such as the 2004 attack ad Pischea’s firm aired against Byrum when she was running for re-election to the state House.

Now the two long-time combatants have joined forces to promote a measure that would require Michigan’s major utilities to get 25 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025. Signatures are being collected to get the measure on the November ballot, which would replace the current requirement that utilities get 10 percent from renewables by 2015.

Both consultants see the measure as a way to create more jobs in Michigan by expanding the state’s manufacturing base into areas increasingly important in the global economy. But they come at it from different angles tied to the groups they represent.

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