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Rep. Fred Upton: I'm Not Endorsing Donald Trump

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By    |   Thursday, 16 Jun 2016 03:52 PM

Veteran Michigan GOP Rep. Fred Upton has no plans to endorse Donald Trump, chiding the presumptive presidential nominee's campaign for running "off the track."

The powerful chairman of the House Energy and Commerce committee told a local radio station, "I'm gonna stay in my lane."

The remarks were posted Thursday by The Detroit News

"There is a lot of things that folks are not happy about with either of these two candidates," Upton told the radio station. "We're running our own race. Don't look for me to endorse anyone in this race probably the rest of the year."

Upton, who is running for reelection, easily held onto his seat in 2014, despite opposition from a super PAC spending $2 million against him, The Hill reports

"We've got a long ways to go, but it seems to a lot of us that the train is off the track," Upton told the radio station. "We'll see if he's able to put it back on the track, I don't know, but not a lot of happy campers in terms of how this race is proceeding so far."

Upton joins Michigan GOP Reps. Justin Amash, Bill Huizenga, and John Moolenaar in not endorsing the real estate mogul, the Detroit News reports.

Only three GOP members in the last presidential cycle didn't back Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, according to The Hill.

Trump has pushed back against the reluctance of establishment politicians to jump on the campaign train, declaring "We have to have our Republicans either stick together, or let me just do it by myself." 

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