LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Another local Democrat has added his name to the list of those who don’t want to run against Republican Mike Bishop for the Lansing area congressional seat.
That list is getting longer by the day.
Wanted, someone, anyone to run for Congress from the mid-Michigan area and so far all the Democrats who might run, have said no.
The latest is Meridian Township Democrat and current state senator Curtis Hertel Jr.
He told party leaders the timing is not right.
Here’s the problem. The Democrats had what they thought was a sterling candidate, former “Little House On The Prairie” actress Melissa Gilbert.
But let’s just say it didn’t work out as she was not ready for primetime and, citing health reasons, she recently unceremoniously dropped out.
That left Democratic party chair Brandon Dillon scrambling to find a replacement. Here’s a partial look at who has said no and was mentioned for the vacancy.
Former senator Gretchen Whitmer; she’s probably running for governor.
East Lansing senator Sam Singh said no.
Rep. Andy Schor’s name was mentioned; forget it.
Former lawmaker Dianne Byrum, who lost to Mike Rogers for the congressional seat years ago, is out.
And ditto for her daughter and current Ingham County clerk Barb Byrum.
Former Ingham County judge James Giddings is being mentioned.
East Lansing dentist Lisa Knowles is being mentioned.
Kate Logan, who ran for the House seat held by Rep. Brad Jacobsen, is being mentioned.
All of these folks saying no is music to the ears of the incumbent Mike Bishop. Even if the party finds somebody at this late date, Mr. Bishop is far ahead in fundraising and unless he makes a major mistake, he’s a shoe-in to win.
Which is part of the reason so many folks have said no.
When will the wanted poster disappear? Mr. Bishop is hoping never.