House Democrats Shift to Back Bentivolio Challenger in Michigan

Posted December 3, 2013 at 6:24pm

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Tuesday swiftly moved behind former State Department adviser Bobby McKenzie’s bid to oust embattled Rep. Kerry Bentivolio — hours after the party’s top recruitment prospect declined to challenge the Michigan Republican.

McKenzie is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 11th District. Bentivolio is also contending with a primary challenge from attorney David Trott.

On Tuesday, Wayne State University Law School interim dean Jocelyn Benson announced that she will not run for Congress. Benson attended a Democratic House Conference meeting in October as part of the party’s efforts to recruit her to run.

The race is rated Favored Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.