Friday, December 14, 2007

Jack for Senate?

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.


Dan Roth said...

I think it's quite obvious that Jack has my vote.

Megan B said...

i started a draft jack for senate group on facebook and its been very popular. over 100 members in about two days.

Matthew said...

This is great news!

Adam said...

Jack will get slaughtered against Levin.

Your best chance was beating Stabenow and the state party blew it.

Pushing out the "most conservative" member of the state house isn't going to do much.

Levin is a Michigan legend and I doubt would lose.

Jack should bide his time till he can run for governor or maybe a state senate seat.