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Michigan’s first man calls role hard but key

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Michigan's first man Dan Mulhern says it is difficult, but important, for men to take on the kind of support roles wives of high-profile men have filled for years.

"We hear the phrase that behind every great woman is a great man, and I truly hope that is the case," Gov. Jennifer Granholm's husband said Saturday at a First Man's Forum, part of his wife's inaugural celebration.

Mulhern moderated a discussion by a 14-member panel. About 300 people attended the event at the Detroit Science Center.

He is a Harvard Law School graduate who now works full-time as a political spouse and parent to the couple's three children.