“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.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.