Politics in Michigan had been on a low plane for a number of years. The troubles were many and their roots could be found deep in the structure of the state's government.
In April of 1959, the sagging governmental structure gave way to the extent that the state was unable to meet its payroll. The result was the much publicized "Payless Pay Day" which attracted national and international interest.
Seeing that their elected officials were seemingly powerless to correct even the basic flaws in Michigan's government, many of the state's leading business and industrial leaders decided to apply their considerable talents to improving their state government. George Romney, then president of American Motors, was one of these citizens.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Political Science
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Fuller, Richard C., "George Romney and the Michigan Gubernatorial Compaign - 1962" (1964). Theses and Dissertations. 4699.
George W. Romney, 1907-1995, Politics, Practical