Bobby McKenzie, one of three Democratic candidates for the 11th Congressional District seat now held by Kerry Bentivolio, received the coveted endorsement of Dean of the House John Dingell this past week. McKenzie is a former counterterrorism officer for the U.S. Department of State and will face off against Dr. Anil Kumar and former progressive radio host Nancy Skinner in the August primary for the seat formerly held by Thaddeus McCotter.
Dingell had this to say about McKenzie:
Bobby McKenzie exemplifies the ideals at the heart of the Democratic Party, and will represent the District well. The 11th District needs a leader like Bobby who will work tirelessly to create good paying jobs, improve the economy, and to fight for Michigan’s working families.
The 11th District is clearly a very conservative one, having elected first McCotter who The Nation magazine called “The Strangest Congressman” and then Bentivolio who was dubbed “Krazy Kerry” by a former GOP opponent and whose own brother calls “mentally unbalanced”. McKenzie’s work with counterterrorism in the State Department gives him a decided edge over his Democratic opponents in this race.
The winner of the Democratic primary will face off against either Bentivolio or foreclosure attorney David Trott. While Bentivolio is considered to be bizarre at best and “mentally unbalanced” at worst, Trott has a history of throwing people out of their homes and making millions of dollars in profit from their catastrophe. In a recent Detroit Free Press article, Trott defended throwing as many as 80,000 people out of their homes in a single year during the housing meltdown at the end of the Bush administration.
[Dingell photo credit: Anne C. Savage. McKenzie photo credit: courtesy photo]