MIke Rogers (R-MI) recently announced that he is not running for reelection, and I could not be happier. Let's just say he does not personify the conservative ideal for me.
Two Republicans have announced they're in the race to replace him. First is Tom McMillin, currently a state rep, a CPA by trade and a staunch fiscal conservative. He voted against the Obamacare MedicAid expansion and the now-repealed Michigan Business tax, which, politically speaking, is a good thing. Those two issues passed only with Republican help and represent a major division between the base and the party leaders.
The other the former Senate Republican Leader, Mike Bishop, who as a fiscal record that is simply abysmal. He was literally the most liberal Republican in the legislature during the Granholm years, Not only did he vote for it, he co-sponsored the aforementioned Michigan Business Tax. Although he claims he would have voted against MedicAid expansion, it is really hard to take him seriously.
Another plus for McMillin? Justin Amash, who traveled back to Michigan this past weekend to help McMillin kick off his campaign. According to Amash, McMillin is "an amazing person. Someone who ... was willing to stand up to both parties to do the right thing if necessary."
Bishop has captured the endorsement of Rogers, who had this to say about his candidate: “I think Mike Bishop won’t embarrass the district.”
Uhm, that's setting a pretty low bar there, isn't it?