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Posted at 1:19 p.m. on April 4, 2014
The Democratic Party is all-in behind Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, their recruit for the race to replace retiring Republican Rep. Mike Rogers.
Byrum visited Washington, D.C. this week and met with most of the highest-ranking Democrats in Congress, according to multiple national Democratic operatives with knowledge of her schedule.
So serious that Byrum met with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel, D-N.Y. and Democratic National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.
She also met with at least three members of the Michigan delegation: Democratic Reps. Dan Kildee, Sander Levin and Gary Peters.
The Detroit News reported that Byrum also sat down with staff from the DCCC and EMILY’s List.
Byrum is expected to take the weekend to mull a run and make her decision by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, according to a national Democratic operative. If she decides to go for it, she will need to collect signatures by Michigan’s April 22 filing deadline.
Her path to the Democratic nomination appears clear: Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero opted against a run on Thursday.
The GOP side is shaping up to be a likely competitive primary. Rochester Mayor Bryan Barnett and former state Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop announced their candidacies for the Republican nomination this week.
State Sen. Joe Hune is another frequently mentioned GOP contender.
The primary is Aug. 5.