Tags: 2014 Midterm Elections | DaveCamp | retire | Michigan | GOP | seeks | successor

Rep. Camp's Shocker Sends Mich. Republicans Huddling on Successor

Image: Rep. Camp's Shocker Sends Mich. Republicans Huddling on Successor

Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 12:03 PM

By John Gizzi

The stunning announcement on Monday that Rep. Dave Camp will not seek re-election after 24 years in Congress has Republicans in Michigan's 4th District huddling on whom to back as a successor in the August primary.

"The filing deadline to run is April 22 — three weeks away," Bill Ballenger, editor of the influential Inside Michigan Politics newsletter, told Newsmax. "The party leadership is no doubt meeting tonight and because of the timing, some decisions are going to have to be made in hours — not days, but hours."

With Camp, 60, "termed out" this year as chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, many speculated last year about his possible retirement from the House.

But the congressman's recent unveiling of the tax reform package that he had long worked on and his active role in the investigation of IRS abuse led most observers to think he had decided to run again.

"Like the news Friday that Mike Rogers was retiring, this report on Dave Camp leaving is a shock," Henry Payne, editorial staffer for the Detroit News, told Newsmax. Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, also is a Michigan Republican.

"When we talked to both Rogers and Camp about a possible Senate race this year, they both said they probably wouldn't do it because they were doing so much in the House," Payne said.

Given the dominance of the city of Midland in the 4th District, it seems almost a foregone conclusion that the Republican candidate will come from the place that is home to Dow Chemical.

The name most frequently mentioned is state Sen. John Moolenaar of Midland. A former state representative who is well-connected in the business community, Moolenaar is considered a conservative in the mold of Camp.

Also mentioned are two brothers named Stamas: Tony, who preceded Moolenaar in the state Senate and now works on the Legislature staff, and Jim, restaurant owner and now majority floor leader in the state House of Representatives.

Another possibility is state Rep. Kevin Cotter of Mount Pleasant, a highly regarded conservative.

But Cotter, a protégé of former Republican Gov. John Engler, is considered the frontrunner to be speaker in the next legislative session and would have to switch quickly from a re-election race to a bid for Congress.

The 4th District, which has been in Republican hands for 30 years, is almost certain to stay Republican, regardless of who the GOP nominee is.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Boehner's State of Union Survival Tip: Stare at Obama's Head

Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 19:07 PM

How to behave when 30 million Americans give your political nemesis their undivided attention in a televised speech and  . . .

Jeb Bush Signals Focus on Middle Class

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 21:15 PM

Jeb Bush is offering policy prescriptions to boost the country's lagging middle class as he edges toward a presidential  . . .

Cornyn Under Fire for Changing Name of Subcommittee He Heads

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 22:30 PM

Sen. John Cornyn is coming under fire for stripping the words "civil rights and human rights" from the name of a subcomm . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved