“Mr. Revolving Door — Pete Hoekstra is a Congressman turned Washington lobbyist who has stood up for taxpayer-funded bonuses for bailed-out CEOs, tax giveaways for oil companies, and Republican efforts to privatize Medicare,” Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Shripal Shah said in a statement. “After his party rejected his bid for Governor, Hoekstra is now shopping for another revolving door to pass through.”
Some lesser-known Republicans have jumped in the race against Stabenow, including Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner John McCulloch. But Bill Ballenger, a nonpartisan Michigan political analyst, said Hoekstra would easily be the frontrunner in the GOP primary.
However, Ballenger cautioned that Hoekstra could struggle to compete with Stabenow on the fundraising front. She reported $4.1 million in the bank at the end of last month.
“One problem for Hoekstra is that he’s never been good at fundraising,” Ballenger said. “Hoekstra is simply going to have to get that kind of financial support from the national party or the state to have a real chance against Stabenow.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.