Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) is months from deciding whether to challenge Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D), his former campaign aide told Roll Call on Monday.
“I think we could at least be a couple months off. He still has family conversations to go through. He has not decided to jump in,” John Truscott said.
Republicans continue to seek a candidate to challenge Stabenow next year after some of the more prominent Republicans in the state have taken a pass. Hoekstra initially ruled out a run earlier this year, but he has since reconsidered his decision.
“He had pretty much closed the door on running, but there have been many high-placed officials, party officials and finance-types who have had conversations with him recently,” Truscott said. “The conversations are at least taking place, which is a step forward from where it’s been.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.