Wednesday, January 23, 2008

2 in GOP Poised to Challenge Levin

Now that the presidential primary season is over in Michigan, politicians and the politically minded are looking forward to the next round of elections.
Michiganders again will go to the polls in less than seven months -- the primary election is Aug 5; the general election follows on Nov. 4.

Republicans Andrew (Rocky) Raczkowski, 39, a former state representative from Farmington Hills, and state Rep. Jack Hoogendyk, 52, of Texas Township in southwest Michigan, are making final preparations to announce their challenge to U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, a Democrat. Both have formed exploratory committees for the Senate race.
It will be a familiar race for Raczkowski, who challenged Levin in 2002, but lost by a 61%-38% margin.

Hoogendyk was in the governor's race briefly in 2006, but dropped out before the August primary. [more here]

I have seen both of these fine men speak. Mr. Raczkowski at the Romney luncheon during the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. Mr. Hoogendyke during the 2005 Michigan Republican State Convention. Both of these guys are great and would make great senators to represent Michigan in Washington D.C. I am leaning towards Mr. Raczkowski. Of the best part at the luncheon, he gave the best and most impassioned speech. No official thoughts from this redneck, yet.

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