It was a genuine Michael Kinsley moment, when the politician makes a gaffe of accidentally telling the truth.
In the 2008 Election Guide, published by the Grand Rapids Press, Ken Yonker, one of the candidates for the Michigan House of Representatives (SH-72) was asked about utilities:
The state’s largest utilities want a guaranteed customer base before they invest in new plants. Should they have this guarantee?Ken Yonker: Shakedown. Sorry, but I don’t negotiate with people this way.