Approaching two years in office, Gov. Rick Snyder is in many ways the same low-key, mildly partisan and relentlessly positive businessman who gave his first inaugural address on Jan. 1, 2011.
Snyder, an accountant, former computer executive and political novice, campaigned in 2010 as "one tough nerd," but was often described as "a breath of fresh air" for his nonconfrontational and inclusive approach to governing. His signature on the controversial right-to-work legislation has changed that image almost overnight. Once well-positioned for re-election in 2014, he faces accusations of betrayal and plunging approval numbers.