“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.”
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.