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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.

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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.

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

Both Anderson and Geiss
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.

[ Parent ]
One shoe down
...one to go.

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

There is a Dem candidate
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.

[ Parent ]
Good, both shoes have dropped
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!

[ Parent ]
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.

[ Parent ]
Hard to convince a good candidate to run
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?

[ Parent ]
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 ...
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
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.
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
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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"'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
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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Hoping Dems find a strong candidate here
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.

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

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