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.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.