Analysts: Hoekstra Represents A Serious Threat To Stabenow

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

LANSING -- Republicans got their man: Former U.S. Congressman Pete Hoekstra has launched a campaign committee against incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow.

"I cannot sit on the sidelines while the president and U.S. Senate mortgage our children and grandchildren's future," the Holland Republican said in a prepared statement. He declined our request for an interview.

And there's a general consensus that Hoekstra could be a contender.

"[Stabenow's] job rating numbers are such that it suggests that she may be vulnerable," says EPIC-MRA pollster Bernie Porn.

Porn says a February poll shows Stabenow ahead by just 2 points against Hoekstra -- making him the first legitimate threat to her bid for a third term.

"An awful lot is going to depend on how voters view the economy, and whether or not they have trust in President Obama and Democrats vs. Republicans -- their plans for dealing with the economy," Porn says.

But political analyst Bill Ballenger says Hoekstra is not off to a good start, especially after announcing in April that he would not run.

"Now he claims he's back in, but it seems to me a little tepid and tentative," Ballenger says.

And then there's Stabenow's fundraising edge -- $4 million already in the bank. Hoekstra struggled to raise money in his bid for governor.

"She's a tireless campaigner, she's very bright, she's very energetic. But that doesn't mean she's invulnerable," Ballenger says.

He considers Hoekstra to be a strong candidate if he campaigns more aggressively, noting he finished second in last year's Republican gubernatorial primary.

Democrats have already begun their offensive.
"This is somebody who supported George Bush's effort to privatize Social Security, which would've wrecked it," Michigan Democratic Party chairman Mark Brewer says. "He supported efforts to get rid of Medicare."

Hoekstra's comment?

"Replacing Debbie Stabenow means we'll be one step closer to the economic recovery our state's working families deserve."

Let the campaigns begin.

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  • by Torney Location: Kentwood on Jul 21, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    Come on Hoekstra! We NEED to clean up and out, those who continue to FAIL to LISTEN to WE THE PEOPLE. Both Stabenow and Levin NEED to be replaced ASAP. They both should be embarassed by their voting records, if for no other reason than being parents. But there certainly are a whole list of reasons. Just want to thank Mr. Hoekstra for his willing to serve again. Lets get back to The Constitution and away from socialist voting.
  • by Jared on Jul 20, 2011 at 07:54 PM
    Hoekstra is a lunatic from west Michigan. That's where they all come from (holland to be specific). As intelligence chairman he once tweeted that he was on a military helicopter escort while in the middle east and tweeted his location. Intelligent huh? And he was one of a few to vote against helping Katrina vitctims.
  • by susan Location: monroe county on Jul 20, 2011 at 03:43 PM
    What area of the state is Hoekstra from??? Stabenow has been GOOD for Michigan workers!!I am going to find out where Hoekstra is getting his campaign money from and what his previous votiung record has been. Poor Michigan does not need another scammer to rape our schools, pensions and the labor unions! Sad, indeed!
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