From the Grand Rapids Press:
Hoogendyk may run against Levin
WASHINGTON -- Two Republicans are nearing a decision on whether they will challenge Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., next year despite long odds against the five-term senator.
Businessman Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski and state Rep. Jack Hoogendyk said they are leaning toward entering the Republican primary for U.S. Senate next year.
Hoogendyk, R-Kalamazoo, said he was leaning toward entering the race and would make his intentions known next month. He formed an exploratory committee a few weeks ago and is starting to receive contributions from supporters.
"I'm past the 50 percent point. I'm definitely leaning," he said. "With each passing day as I talk to more people I get more positive feedback."
Hoogendyk, who was first elected to the state legislature in 2004, cited the Republicans' historic takeover of Congress in 1994 as an example of the topsy-turvy nature of politics.
"I don't know that today anybody would say it's a seat ripe for the taking but the political winds change. Who would have predicted in December of 1993 what ended up happening in Congress in November of 1994?" he said.