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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Republican Congressman Dave Camp Won’t Run For Senate In Michigan

Dave Camp

Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) announced on Friday that he will not be entering the race for Senator Carl Levin’s (D-MI) Senate seat when he retires in 2014, disappointing conservatives who hoped that the open seat would be within reach after Levin’s retirement announcement in March.

“I have decided not to run for the United States Senate,” Camp said in his announcement. “I will continue to put my full focus and effort on serving my constituents in mid- and northern Michigan.”

Immediately after Levin’s retirement notice, National Republican Senatorial Committee Communications Director Brad Dayspring optimistically wrote that “over the last few months, the 2014 map has gone from sorta difficult to really tough for Senate Democrats. Politically, Senator Levin’s decision knocks a Democratic Senate already on defense far back on their heels and offers us a real pickup opportunity.” Dayspring continued, “Republicans can win in Michigan, as the Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General have proven. That is why we’ve been speaking to local officials and grassroots organizations in preparation for Senator Levin’s potential retirement, and now that groundwork will start to pay off.”

The first step to winning the seat, however, is to put forward a viable candidate to run against Representative Gary Peters (D-MI), who officially jumped into the race in early May. So far Republicans have been unable to do that, and without Camp the pool of electable candidates is running dry.

Tim Alberta of The National Journal explains, “Already this year, several well-known Republicans—including Rep. Mike Rogers, the party’s preferred candidate—have declined to run for Michigan’s open Senate seat. Camp was viewed as the best remaining option to run against Rep. Gary Peters, the de facto Democratic nominee. Now Michigan Republicans will choose from a decidedly mediocre primary field led by former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land.”

Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI) was approached by Republicans and asked to run but turned down the request. Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) has also been asked to run but has not yet commented on the matter.

Republicans do have one candidate running to replace Senator Levin. Terri Lynn Land has announced her candidacy, but even Republicans question how successful she can be. Early polls show Land trailing Peters — raising the question of whether the GOP has a chance in a state that President Obama won by 10 percent in 2012.

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  • charleo1

    Michigan, like it’s neighbor Wisconsin have Republican Governors, and unassailable
    Republican Legislatures. Both National leaders, and pioneers in the GOP push away
    from customary democratic principals at the State level. Case in point is Michigan’s
    “Manager Law, ” Rachel Maddow has been covering for several months. The law
    allows for the Governor, in this case, Rick Snyder, to dismiss all locally elected
    leaders, and appoint a person of his choosing to take over a city’s business.
    Accountable to no one, but the Governor. This last election the voters by referendum
    voted to do away with this manager takeover power wielded by the Governor. And,
    in the only case I can recall, of complete disregard for the spoken will of the people
    lawfully by their ballot. The Michigan Legislature, as one of it’s first orders of
    business. Sat down, and promptly passed an identical law, that Governor Snyder
    signed back into law. As I say, pioneers. If they can indeed get away with blatantly
    ignoring a decision made clear by the voters in Michigan, how long before we have
    no say, anywhere? Then, what do we tell our children when they ask, what kind of government do we have in our Country?

    • sigrid28

      I have been watching Rachel Maddow’s coverage of the Michigan experiment, also. Last night, she reported that a judge had challenged the validity of the legislature’s attempt to reinstate the Manager Law that had been defeated in a public referendum. I was distracted by slides of fine art the Republican Detroit manager saw fit to sell to bail out the city. Which rich billionaire Republican donors would like to buy it, I wonder? Wouldn’t it be just like this Republican in-crowd to disenfranchise an iconic American city just to add to their fine arts collections?

      • charleo1

        In a word, yes. I don’t believe the wealthy elite would have any problem in the least, with the liquidation of Detroit’s assets. Especially if those assets wound up hanging on the walls of their posh town houses, and mansions. Maddow reported last year the sale for pennies on the dollar of the mostly publicly financed, Silver Dome. It’s actually no less of a sacking of one of America’s great cities, than was the sacking of ancient Roman cities. The fact it’s done on paper, and there is no burning, and raping of women, and children, does not mean it is less than a sacking.. There is this mentality prevailing among that subset now straddling atop our lopsided income strata, that America doesn’t belong to you, and me, anymore. It belongs to the wealthy. The investor class. Those that
        make their living, not by their own labor, but with their money. The
        concept of labor itself, as an equally honorable way to earn one’s
        living. now marks the person as lower class. The value of labor, is
        viewed largely as one would judge a commodity. To be purchased anywhere in the world, at the cheapest price available. In other words, it’s their world, they just allow us to live in it, for a price.
        And, that philosophy permeates every decision, and every law enacted by these unassailable, and perhaps undefeatable Republican majorities in the State Governments across the Country. They are certainly working every minute to consolidate their power.
        The Supreme Court has been paving the way, by handing down
        decisions that equates money with speech, and gutting Civil Rights
        era voting laws, so the elections can be rigged to ensure the GOP,
        far from becoming a fringe political organization, will continue it’s hegemonic majorities in the States, until something is done at the
        Federal level, to consolidate their power there. I feel we are as a Country approaching a very important place that will determine the kind of Country we will be, for maybe the next 100 years. Will we become this giant corporate playground, where low wage workers compete with the cheapest labor to be found around the world?
        Or, will we manage to break the strangle hold of the monied elite on our public policy, and government? In spite of the recent election results, I think that it’s still very much a question that is far from settled. I believe we could be facing the greatest challenge to
        democracy itself, since prior to the Civil War.

    • 1standlastword

      I agree with you “partially” Charleo. The difference is I think that the voice of the people “should-not -ordinarily” be infringed.

      History provide examples when my idea of “should-not-ordinarily-be-infringed” might necessitate the exception to the rule the “voice of the people…i.e., popular consensus”: Look to the opposition to the civil rights movement in the old south that required Federal intervention to overrule the voice(s)/ will of the (white) people in favor of Jim Crow “laws”

      In the aftermath of the Detroit bankruptcy (what a horrific debacle) my reflections are on the contributory efforts of low information liberal voters inclined to elect popular corrupt and criminal minded politicians the likes of Kwame Kilpatrick. When this becomes a pattern the business of the city doesn’t get done because the city business is not consistent with the criminal mentality: the same can be said for Chicago’ Jackson.

      I think the EMF approach is a workable fix for Detroit albeit a correction-over-correction

      I also think much of this is the distasteful results of years of racist policy by both black and white politicians of the past. The old adage “two wrongs can’t make a right” applies to my indictment of bi-racist political policy.

      • charleo1

        I cannot agree. The Jim Crow laws were abridgments of the
        Constitution on several counts. And the spirit of the Constitution
        on all counts. Questioning the information, or educational level
        of citizens, entitled by the law to participate in the democratic
        process, is not how it works in this Country. Now, if, as you say,
        Mr. Kilpatrick is corrupt, or has criminal activity that needs addressing. We have customary, and proper places to determine those things. And, it’s not in the Governor’s office. I’m not sure race is a factor here. The Statewide electorate decided collectively to remove the EMF. The same electorate presumably by which the Governor assumes all other powers bestowed to the office. So I don’t think it wise to start picking, and choosing which outcomes
        we like, and include them. And which are a bit inconvenient, and discard, or overrule those.
        One more thing. These EMF powers are not Civil Rights. They
        are of a statutory nature. Not for example, like the referendums
        on Gay marriage, where equal protection clauses are involved.
        These trends of passing clearly unConstitutional Law, or law contri-
        dicting Federal Law, is very troubling in these GOP run State
        Houses. For one thing, they are more political, or philosophical
        statements, than serious legislation. But, they are wasting valuable
        public resources, making costly attempts to defend then in Court.
        I just don’t see this type of exercise as in the realm of solid, prudent governance.

        • 1standlastword

          This a sizable patchwork of ideas but let me try.

          Your comment about Jim Crow and the constitution is reasonable.

          Regarding voters of course the only qualification is citizenship: however, along with citizenship is the responsibility to vet a candidate’s character based upon his adherence to healthy good for the community principles. To often race is given too much weight by both blacks and whites and therein l find the roots of corruption.

          You should be informed as to why much of Detroit’s problem has to do “precisely” with race:
          As for your comments about the adjudication and appropriate nature of managing political corruption–to my knowledge there was never once an attempt by Detroiter’s to recall Kwame…why?
          Somebody had to know what he had done and was not doing…or is “low information” the proper adjective for the voters at that time
          We agree that the GOP/TP is wrong for America and this time I guess that’ almost all we agree and that’ ok.
          I really appreciate the thoughtfulness you bring

          • sigrid28

            But you digress, perhaps long enough for these priceless works of art to pass from the possession of the city of Detroit into the homes of GOP billionaires–quick, before the unconstitutional Manager Law is abolished–or it will be too late to for the super wealthy to get their hands on them.

            You seem quite “concerned” about corruption in government in Detroit, but only as it might provide a good excuse to take over executive powers from elected officials–to facilitate the rich taking this art for themselves, as it would not otherwise be available. ONLY THE MANAGER LAW MAKES THIS ART AVAILABLE TO CHANGE HANDS.

            Your concern would seem more sincere had you remembered that Chicago in Illinois has a history of its governors (a number of them Republican) and city officials serving time in jail and prison–entirely through normal legal channels, without setting up an unconstitutional scheme like Michigan’s, that allows billionaire donors to the GOP to hide behind unconstitutional laws in order to buy out the Art Institute. The governor of Michigan and its legislature care nothing for the citizens of Detroit–only for the goods their friends can seize for themselves.

        • sigrid28

          1standlastword earned my full and unshakable contempt with his (or her) condescending post below, beginning “a sizable patchwork of ideas.” This kind of high-falutin’ talk is straight out of the Newt Gingrich/Heritage Foundation play book, which cynically tries to fool the base by inserting a posh vocabulary into a sophisticated linguistic register. They might sound “wise” to the rubes who vote for them, but their larcenous intentions are identical to those of the fast-talking rascal bandits that hop on Jim and Huck’s raft for a spell while they make their way down the Mississippi, whose principal occupation is getting low-information river boat passengers drunk and then robbing them blind at the poker table, while their partners ransack their rooms. “Sizable patchwork of ideas” indeed.

          • charleo1

            Patchwork or no patchwork, whenever someone makes the
            assertion that, “Well, of course all citizens have the right to
            vote, then follows that statement with a disclaimer beginning with such words as, “but,” or, “however,” or, “except when.”
            Then, I know we’re not going to agree on that point, and odds are, many others. Like responsibility, for instance. The poster
            contends as voters we have a responsibility to be well informed. I agree. But to proceed further, and hold, that by either subjective judgement, or prepared examination, to be used as the qualifier to grant or deny the citizen this fundamental Right. In my opinion, that undermines the entire concept of governing with the consent of the governed.
            In a word, it is just flat wrong. I believe as members of a self governing society, our primary responsibility is protecting the Rights we enjoy, by insisting on the protection of those same Rights for even those with whom we most fervently disagree. Only then can we truthfully say our laws, and principals spring from ideas freely given, without fear, or coercion.
            And are legitimized by the power of the vote that must be
            protected, and made available to widest number of citizens possible.

          • 1standlastword


            I’m getting tagged teamed here and worse associated as an ardent sympathizer of our state GOP whom with I have so little agreement it wouldn’t fill a thimble.

            Some personal history here: I was born at Harper Hospital in the heart of Detroit. I was in my middle-childhood when black folk…the likes those who tolerated Kwame–torched the city.
            My family and I lived outside the city on the westside from where we could look miles down Fenkell Ave. and see the sky glowing red as inner-blacks burned their own community to the ground. I watched the National Guard drive jeeps and tanks thought my grandparents neighborhood. I recall thinking as a little boy that whole city went crazy

            I believe Detroit never recovered from the riots and so far as race relations that was the coup de grace in the black/white relationship which Mayor Coleman Young exploited to the greater demise of our once great city.

            As a teenager, I was daily upfront and personal in my experiences of the amazing cruelty between blacks against other blacks and that really fucked up my young psyche (sorry if I offend).

            These intra-racial cultural differences drove many responsible blacks out of the city behind the white flight and there went the a measurable tax base. By the 70’s, what was left in Detroit was the poor the elderly and criminal gangs: Kwame would flash gang symbols to his homies watching on him on TV.

            I realize all the blame cannot be laid at the feet of Young and Kilpatrick but they could have used their stewardship to make Detroit a model “black” city and had they done so Snyder and his army of EFMs might not have had a job in Detroit.

            I imagined some dreadful end coming to Detroit at the tender age of seventeen; I just didn’t envisage bankruptcy.

            After I left for the west cost at eighteen, my parents’ never stopped updating me on the decaying effects of Detroit politicians.

            The path back to vibrancy for Detroit follows the trajectory of generation (early 50s)to-degeneration (mid 50s to late 90s)-to-regeneration, I believe starting now.

            The so call heist of Detroit by republicans could not have happened without the will of the people to corrupt and defile themselves, their habitat and prey upon each other.

            One vital point: I was on the streets with the Occupy movement and I distributed petitions to recall Rick….I am not a fan of Rick nor am I a republican: however, I can tolerate some conservative points of view.

            Lastly, my disappointment when the recall campaign failed was measurable but not as magnified as my disappointment that so few minorities even bothered to vote in the off election of 2010

      • sigrid28

        Hey, mister. Want to sound really sophisticated? Use the correct old adage: Two wrongs DON’T make a right. Use the correct “bi-racial” rather than “bi-racist.” Let’s call a spade a spade. You say “workable fix” when you mean the fix is in in Detroit–Freudian slip.

        And now to the faulty logic of your piece. Federal intervention did not subvert the voice of the people in the South, where many favored Jim Crow laws. Federal intervention enforced the provision of civil rights under the constitution, no matter what they had to say. In Detroit, the Manager Law was voted in unconstitutionally under the Michigan constitution and is unconstitutional with respect to the U.S. constitution because it denies the civil rights of Detroit’s citizens, who deserve to be governed by elected officials not an appointee of a state governor. Talk about “distasteful results of years of racist policy.”

  • sigrid28

    Boy howdy, did this comment thread get off target! We were supposed to be responding to a hopeful turn of events, Carl Levin’s Senate seat perhaps safe for Democrats in the 2014 elections. Instead, we turned to the fate of the state of Michigan in general and its great city, Detroit, in particular.

    This points to a failing with which I think those of us who are liberals ought to identify if we want to keep the Senate, take back the House, and save the state of Michigan and others now being destroyed from within by Republican governors with Republican legislatures at their disposal. For now, we have to keep our eye on the ball–WINNING ELECTIONS, NOTHING MORE OR LESS–and avoid distractions if at all possible. One simple goal: getting our people to the polls, plain and simple.

    Of course, there are liberals who can walk and chew gum at the same time, or get out the vote and follow politics at the same time. But we, as voters, cannot defeat Republicans where they have taken over any other way than at the ballot box–every election, state and local as well as national. It takes a leap of faith, to work at registering voters and getting out the vote and at the same time trust that elected and appointed Democrats, Independents, and moderate Republicans along with the judiciary will not let the country go to hell in a hand basket, as my grandmother used to say.