Debbie Stabenow, Pete Hoekstra, Republican-Fail — October 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Ignored and with a campaign in complete shambles at home, Hoekstra takes it on the road – to Israel


How many Michigan voters in Israel again?

Down in the polls by 16 points against Senator Debbie Stabenow and rapidly running out of both time and money, Pete Hoekstra took his failed campaign overseas last weekend. To Israel.

I don’t get it either.

Hoekstra admits he’s running out of time and out of money:

“I think I’m behind. It’s an uphill battle,” the former nine-term congressman said. “There’s no doubt that the top of the ticket influences whether people are going to throw resources into this race or not. Outside groups have not made the commitment that says we’re going to have to go after the electoral votes in Michigan.” {…}

“We’ve got money. We don’t have as much as what she has,” he said. “The primary sucked a tremendous number of our resources out of us, and we had a late primary. We ended up going into the general (election) with less resources than what we wanted.”

Faced with the with inevitability of being crushed by Stabenow in November, for some reason Hoekstra thought it was a good idea to leave the country and campaign in Israel.

Former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra spent the weekend in Israel to shine a light on what he calls the “Arab Spring” turning into the “Arab upheaval,” and he called for U.S. policymakers to stop what he called an “apology tour.”

Lagging behind in the polls in the U.S. Senate race against incumbent Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, Hoekstra said he thought it important to spend four days in Israel rather than campaigning in Michigan to get the most up-to-date information on the upheaval in the Middle East. {…}

“[Israelis] want the apology tour for America to stop,” said Hoekstra, who will return Monday to Michigan.

Of course, the trip got almost no notice.

“You go out on the stump and it’s hard to get anything covered nowadays,” he said. “There’s not as many reporters out there either in print or on TV covering what’s going on in a Senate race. It’s a totally different dynamic. I’d love to be out on the stump a whole lot more, but it’s kind of like, you’re out there and talking to 50 people or 100 people and you’re looking for the media and there ain’t no media there.”

Sorry, Pete. Nobody wants to hang around with a loser.