Michigan, Michigan Democratic Party, Michigan Republicans — September 5, 2013 at 9:22 am

U.S. Representative Kerry Bentivolio faces 2014 primary challenge


Just when you thought Michigan’s 11th Congressional District had the worst possible Representative…

It seems even Representative Kerry Bentivolio’s own party isn’t a big fan of his work. It’s clear plenty of folks in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District aren’t.

So it looks like there are going to be some reindeer games in the 2014 primary election. Yesterday, David Trott announced plans to enter the Republican primary, challenging Bentivolio.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Trott’s email to supporters didn’t even mention Bentivolio, but the criticism of Bentivolio’s efforts to date were not-so-subtle. The email said, in part, that the district needs “a leader with a proven record of job creation and problem-solving abilities.”

Bentivolio has certainly shown he lacks those skills — but that doesn’t make Trott a good candidate. Being a member of Mitt Romney’s finance team isn’t a ringing endorsement of the business acumen it seems Trott will tout during his campaign.

What’s more, Trott isn’t exactly a friend of the middle class in Michigan, given that his family’s law firm, Trott & Trott, is known for its work in foreclosures and bankruptcy services.

Here’s what Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson had to say in a release:

David Trott has gotten rich by helping to kick Michigan’s middle class families out of their homes, and somehow thinks he deserves a promotion for it. With a record of profiting from the misery of Michigan’s families who were hurt by the Wall Street crash, David Trott would only enable predatory lenders and Wall Street fat cats – which is why he cannot win a primary election, much less a general election.

Rep. Bentivolio’s spokesperson was quoted yesterday in the Detroit Free Press as saying that the Congressman would continue to focus on “bringing jobs to Michigan, fighting back against Obamacare, balancing our budget and getting our debt under control.”

Yet Rep. Bentivolio hasn’t passed a single jobs bill, focusing instead on slashing Medicare and Social Security and engaging in witch hunts against the President, including unfounded impeachment investigations. Many of his constituents have been vocal in their opposition.

So who does the Republican Party have running for Congress in 2014? A guy who spends more time trying to impeach the President than he does creating jobs and a guy who likes to take away people’s homes for profit.

We don’t know yet who the Democrats will be running in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, but given the competition, I like the candidate’s chances.

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