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

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
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:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
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
 
Email:
Country
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

Hillary: Dems Must Get Out and Vote in Midterms

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 17:03 PM

Hillary Clinton, in a passionately political speech, accused Republicans of national "amnesia" about failed GOP policies . . .

Former President Clinton Stumps for Quinn, Durbin

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 16:45 PM

Former President Bill Clinton became the latest high-profile Democrat to back the re-election bids of Gov. Pat Quinn and . . .

Newsmax TV Midterm Preview: Arizona House District 2

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 16:11 PM

Candidates in Arizona's Second Congressional District may liken running for Congress to walking on eggshells. Newsmax TV . . .

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.

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