Rep. Bentivolio Faces Primary Challenge

Wednesday, 04 Sep 2013 03:42 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Tea party-linked freshman GOP Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan will have to face a primary challenger in 2014. Lawyer David Trott has announced he will challenge the first-termer.

Trott made his announcement Wednesday in an email he sent to supporters, the Detroit Free Press reports.

"It's time we fix Washington and send a leader there who will bring the best people and the best ideas from our communities together," the email said.

Bentivolio won the 11th Congressional seat, which covers the northwestern suburbs of Detroit by six percentage points over Democrat Syed Taj. The seat was previously held by Thad McCotter, who stepped down due to a petition signature scandal.

Trott's announcement comes as no surprise, the Free Press said, adding that he faces an uphill struggle as Bentivolio has the support of House Speaker John Boehner, who has helped the Michigan congressman in his fundraising efforts.

Trott, a wealthy attorney whose clients have included Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in foreclosure lawsuits, has been an active supporter of Republicans in the past. He contributed $200,000 to a super PAC in support of Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.

Matt Chisholm, spokesman for Bentivolio said that the congressman "is focused on bringing jobs to Michigan, fighting back against Obamacare, balancing our budget and getting our debt under control.

"Those are the issues he ran on, and those are the issues he is working on," Chisholm added.


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