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Michigan's Trott Will Be 14th GOP Rep. to Retire in 2018

Michigan's Trott Will Be 14th GOP Rep. to Retire in 2018
Rep. Dave Trott (AP)

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Monday, 11 September 2017 12:00 PM Current | Bio | Archive

After two terms in the House, Michigan’s Dave Trott has decided not to run for re-election, making him the 14th Republican in the lower chamber of bow out of the 2018 race.

Sources in Trott’s 11th District told Newsmax that he would release a statement Monday afternoon declaring his decision to relinquish his "safe" Republican seat.

"Dave is fed up with Congress and frustrated with the whole process," a longtime GOP activist in Oakland County told us.

In the statement, released before noon E.T., Trott said he was choosing "to spend more time with my family and return to the private sector."

A successful foreclosure attorney, Trott gained attention throughout the party in 2013 when he organized the largest-ever Lincoln Day dinner for the Oakland County Republican Party. Part of the widespread attraction to the event was the speaker Trott persuaded to come to Oakland: Donald Trump.

Maneuvering among Republicans for Trott’s seat is already beginning. Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski, former state representative and businessman, is considered the early favorite. A U.S. Army reserve major, Raczkowski drew 38 percent of the vote against then-Sen. Carl Levin in his 2002 re-election bid.

The holders of two well-known Michigan political names also are eyeing the race in the newly open 11th District: State House Appropriations Committee Chairman Laura Cox, wife of former State Attorney General Mike Cox, and State Sen. Marty Knollenberg, son of former Rep. Joe Knollenberg.

The all-important Republican primary is in August.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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