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Koo-Koo Kerry gets a primary challenger in David Trott

by: Eric B.

Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 18:47:11 PM EDT


This is no surprise.

OAKLAND COUNTY, MI -- U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Milford) will have competition in the 2014 primary.

David Trott, an attorney and businessman who chairs the Oakland County Lincoln Day Dinner -- a major GOP fundraising event, launched a campaign for the 11th District U.S. House seat Wednesday.

Trott is an establishment Republican. He gave a lot of money to John McCain's campaign, was majority owner of the building used by the McCain's regional headquarters, and gave a lot of money to Mitt Romney. Koo-Koo Kerry in 2012 endorsed by the Tea Party Express. That makes this race part of the Republican Party's internal civil war.

Eric B. :: Koo-Koo Kerry gets a primary challenger in David Trott
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Interesting (0.00 / 0)
It will be interesting to see if the country club Republicans can mount an effective counter-revolution.  My gut is telling me that they'll be able to take back over a significant part of the party.  I really have no dog in their fight, though, because both wings are just horribly rotted and bereft of any positive ideas to solve policy problems.  One side screams nothing but "tax cuts!" and the other some amorophous "freedom!"  At the end of the day, it's just more terrible Reaganomics, with the only change being that maybe they are a bit less interventionist in their foreign policy.

trott is from the canibals R' US wing (0.00 / 0)
if trott is a McCain backer then he is definitely a supporter of the McCain/Kerry canibals in Syria. if I knew I two had two repubs running in a primary and knew one was definitely going to be my rep I'd stay away from the cannibal supporter.

America either revives its industrial base or it dies. There is no future for people in a post industrial America.  

I hope that Lon is twisting arms (0.00 / 0)
this seat can be had with a solid candidate. Maybe Glenn Anderson or Doug Geiss?

Both Anderson and Geiss (0.00 / 0)
live outside of the district boundaries, although that certainly doesn't technically preclude either from running. Representative Geiss' district of Taylor and Romulus does not overlap with Congressional District 11 at all, however.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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One shoe down (0.00 / 0)
...one to go.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

There is a Dem candidate (0.00 / 0)
I doubt people will be very excited about the only Dem that thus far seems interested in running in the 11th. His name is Anil Kumar - he's a doctor from Rochester Hills.

Yep, pretty much a "some dude" type candidate. But as I have posted before given its 43.5% DPI the 11th is still a few cycles away from the demos changing enough to make this a competitive district.


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Good, both shoes have dropped (0.00 / 0)
I just hope the LaRouchies don't run another candidate like they did last year.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

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Meh (0.00 / 0)
I'm not sure how fielding a Some Guy Democrat is a "good" thing.  It seem like the best response to this would be hoping that we field a competitive candidate.

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Hard to convince a good candidate to run (0.00 / 0)
in a bad district. And at 43.5% Dem base the 11th is currently a bad district. Politicians don't like to lose and for the next few cycles the 11th is a loser for Dems (even with a crazy reindeer herder or foreclosure profiteer on the repub ticket).

But as this is my home district, I too hope for a better candidate - I mean miracles can happen, right?


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Misunderstood (0.00 / 0)
I kind of misunderstood what Neon was saying.  He wasn't saying that it was "good" that we got this particular candidate, but "good" in the sense of now we know what we're working with, at least for now.

My hope is that given that Gary Peters lives in the district, and given that he's running for the Senate, that perhaps turnout will be higher than usual in the midterm, which would favor us.

BTW, before I judge the good doctor too harshly for being a political novice, do we know anything else about him?  Is he on any local boards?  Does he have a public facebook page, or anything?


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Mmmm ... (0.00 / 0)
I'd guess that, since Peters represents the 14th his residence is there. Now, there is overlap between the old 9th and the new 11th, in Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Troy, Auburn Hills, Waterford, and western West Bloomfield, but I'll let smarter people than me opine on whether that might improve Dem turnout in those parts of the 11th.

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I realize (0.00 / 0)
I realize that Peters represents the 14th, but he makes a big deal about having lived in Oakland County almost his entire life.  The hope is that his boosterism for the entire county translates into bigger turnout, which I imagine it will.  How much of an increase, I can't imagine.  But, my point was that though he represents a Detroit-based, largely, he really makes a big deal of his Oakland County roots (see his website).

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Last I checked, Peters lived in the 9th. (0.00 / 0)
That was in 2011, when redistricting happened.  At that time, he didn't live in either the 11th or the 14th, although his house was within a few hundred yards of both.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

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He does live in the new 9th (0.00 / 0)
His Congressman is actually Sandy Levin.  It is that little strip of the 9th that stretches out through skinny Southfield Township, where I live, and turns north to go up to Bloomfield and catch Gary Peters house.  I doubt that when Congressman Peters and his wife bought that house it ever occurred to them that someday Troy, Auburn Hills and Canton would be represented by the same Congressman because they picked that house.

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Exactly (0.00 / 0)
"'good' in the sense of now we know what we're working with, at least for now."

Yes, Bentivolio now has challengers in both the primary and the general, regardless of strength.  Someone on the Democratic side had to step up.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!


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Reps don't have a good candidate either--yet (0.00 / 0)
they've got Kerry, and then they've got David Trott, whose law firm the Birmingham Eccentric calls "one of the biggest foreclosure shops in the nation".  I swear, this is a potential opportunity that Lon Johnson needs to be on top of with both feet.

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if you are talking about roberts (0.00 / 0)
he will run. he at least talks a straight story on the banks. I hope there are a bunch of candidates for competition to the regular dem party banker bums. the dems have put up the worst candidates ever in the last decade. I sure wish Bernero would run too.

but also traditional Dem voters vote on the economy. so state candidates will be affected by this lousy, lousy job market of Obama's. the president finally did the right thing on Syria now he needs to fix this economy and quit pandering to the banks.

America either revives its industrial base or it dies. There is no future for people in a post industrial America.  


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Yes, I'm talking about Roberts (0.00 / 0)
His running is not good news, as far as I'm concerned.  Here's what I had to say about him and his volunteers last year.
Roberts is the LaRouche candidate in the Democratic primary for the 11th Congressional District. The volunteers were too busy passing out flyers saying "Impeach Obama!" and holding up signs of FDR, JFK, Jefferson, and Rosie the Riveter to hand out candy. A lot of the more mainstream Democrats didn't know what to make of them. About the only explanation I could give them boiled down to "LOL, Lyndon LaRouche." Because my passing out candy slowed me down, I ended up beside them several times and got to observe the freakshow up close. After a while, I had enough of observing them and sped up my walking to get ahead of them several times. By the end of the parade, I ended up behind them with the volunteers of a more normal Democratic candidate.
If Kumar is weak, then we could end up with a LaRouchie vs. a Tea Partier.  That would be a great story, but terrible for the district.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

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get used to the idea that roberts will run (2.00 / 1)
and if another dem can't beat him then it is the party's fault for putting up such weak and out of touch candidates. in the end it is all about message and if you don't have one that resonates you lose. blame no one but yourself.

the good thing about Roberts is he has the right message on the banks the, economy, the environment, unemployment and very likely even foreign policy.



America either revives its industrial base or it dies. There is no future for people in a post industrial America.  


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Perhaps Roberts should run in the district he's actually registered in? (4.00 / 1)
He uses some LaRouchie flop house in Redford as his address - why doesn't he run in the 13th?  We're all stocked up on crazy here in the 11th.

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it doesn't do much good (0.00 / 0)
to just call your political enemy a freak show. inevitably some may call your show that too. why not just take on their agenda and say what is wrong with it and give your solution. the larouche candidates have strong and vocal opposition to the banks and on the economy. We don't here that from democrats - possibly because their campaign accounts are filled with bank cash.


America either revives its industrial base or it dies. There is no future for people in a post industrial America.  

"why not just take on their agenda"? (4.00 / 1)
You sure about that?  That the LaRouche organization is a personality cult trying to infiltrate a major party?  Sure, I'll take you up on that.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

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it is the sure sign of a loser (0.00 / 0)
to keep concentrating on personality. there are cults and occultists throughout Washington DC. why pick on larouche. maybe you are afraid their cult is going to infiltrate your cult. LaRouche paranoia maybe. I would never join laRouche or any other organization. but whatever else you say about the laRouchies, their research is top-notch. Is that why you resort to concentrating on personalities and not take-on their positions. their research on the banks and the economy is very good and a bank bum can't compete with them on that.

I hope Roberts runs hard. of course, he'll have to run on far, far less money than inner circle dems run with. I hope many other outside the dem party inner circle run wherever they are.

America either revives its industrial base or it dies. There is no future for people in a post industrial America.  


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No, I'm concentrating on the LaRouche organization as a cult (4.00 / 2)
...not on Roberts' personality.  You challenged me to take the LaRouchies up on their agenda and that's exactly what I'm going to do.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

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Hoping Dems find a strong candidate here (4.00 / 1)
Regardless, Dems can certainly paint either Trott or Bentivolio as a typical Republican - wacky and extreme (if Bentivolio) or out of touch and driven by a thirst for money, even at the expense of the vulnerable (if Trott).

Having either of them as their nominee could definitely hurt Republicans up and down the ballot - if we play our cards right.

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