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November 26, 2014

Pelosi, Hoyer Recruit Michigan Candidate

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.

With Rogers out of contention this cycle, Democrats are making a serious offensive play for the Leans Republican seat.

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.

  • Jasmine An’deez

    Americans killed by democrat presidents in war during the 20th century total about 625,000. Not that far from 3/4 of a million. Here are the stats:Wilson (D) = 116,700 Americans killed in WWIRoosevelt (D) = 416,800 Americans killed in WW2Truman (D) = 34,000 Americans killed in KoreaLBJ (D) = 58,000 Americans killed in Vietnam

  • Elle’s Island

    Here we find neo-marxist Georgetown law professor Louis Michael Seidman openly waging ideological warfare against our sacred Constitution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5FTqlJmnnc

  • John Kenner

    In this YouTube video we find the Navy-Yard shooter – a liberal and Hussein Obama supporter named Aaron Alexis – arriving at the Navy Yard in his Prius: http://youtu.be/1dsLQLVk7nY

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