Rep. Fred Upton (above) easily won the 2010 GOP primary against Jack Hoogendyk, who is running again in 2012.
Former state Rep. Jack Hoogendyk announced today he will challenge Rep. Fred Upton (Mich.) for a second time in the Republican primary.
"For twenty-five years, this congressman has participated in growing our national debt by nearly $14 trillion," Hoogendyk said in a statement. "He has voted consistently for budgets that are out of balance and increasing the debt ceiling. He supported government interference into education, energy, and health care."
Last cycle, Upton, who now serves as Energy and Commerce chairman, defeated Hoogendyk by 14 points, outspending him by millions.
But this cycle, Hoogendyk might have some financial help for the Aug. 7 primary. The fiscally conservative Club for Growth publicly encouraged Hoogendyk to get into the race after they met with him in early November.
What’s more, the deep-pocketed club has already indicated they're willing to invest in the race. They kicked off this year by running TV ads in Upton's district criticizing his record.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
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.