Skip to comments.15th District congressional candidate out to oust Dingell ( Rob Steele)
Posted on 10/17/2010 8:50:43 AM PDT by taildragger
As a cardiologist, Dr. Rob Steele knows about surgical precision, long odds, and chances of survival. Hes brought that to bear in his campaign to retire U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Dearborn, the venerable Democrat and longest-serving House member, during the Nov. 2 election.
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Little known within the district before his win in a four-way race for the Republican nomination in August, he now cites some recent polls that show him with a slight edge over Rep. Dingell in these last weeks before the general election. But polls have built-in margins of error and often are flat-out wrong.
Polls aside, does Dr. Steele think he can win? Absolutely I can win, he said. I hear it on the ground every day. I hear this (of Rep. Dingell) every single day: I voted for him 25 times, but Im not going to vote for him again. As in the medical field, theres always room for at least a second opinion in politics. I wont say he has a good chance, but he has a chance, says Bill Ballenger, long-time political analyst and publisher of Inside Michigan Politics. Hes been pretty aggressive. Hes obviously got the Dingells a little bit rattled. I have seen some polling data that shows that Steele has been leading Dingell down in Monroe County, but thats a relatively small portion of the district. I expect that Dingells going to win, but not by the 70 percent-plus like hes used to.
Dr. Steele has a similar assessment. I think its pretty much a coin flip. I think its going to be extremely close, one way or another. Its not going to be the typical 75- 25. He said it was the right time for him to run for election. This is the time. Its the national environment. Its the local environment, he said. I didnt decide to do it because I just wanted to do it. I did it because its a special time. This is a Republican year, so if the Republicans are ever going to score a breakthrough, this will be the year, agrees Mr. Ballenger.
But to try to enhance his chance of winning, Dr. Steele hammers away at a three-pronged theme designed to resound with those beyond partisan Dingell-bashers. I think the major situation I hear about is that people are concerned about out-of-control spending their grandkids future being stolen from them. Accountability is another of his points. People feel they arent being listened to and feel they have a Congress and representative that dont represent them, Dr. Steele said. The third is transparency in government. There are all kinds of special interests, career politicians and middle-ofthe- night deals, he said. Everybody in their every day job has accountability. Theres accountability everywhere you turn except in Washington, D.C., and Congress.
A Greenville native, Dr. Steele grew up in Montcalm County where his father was a dentist. He said he went to medical school at the University of Michigan using a combination of loans and working summers at the now-vacant General Tire & Rubber plant near his hometown. But he says his rural upbringing gives him an edge in places such as Monroe County. I look at rural areas as my sweet spot, he says. He said he got into the race because his father and grandfather were big on public and military service and this is his way of doing something for the country and future generations. Its not just my grandkids its whole generations that will come to see a whole different type of opportunity one thats very limited. Their whole career will be spent paying for government debt.
For the record, he has four children, but no grandkids yet. But he says he has 28 nieces and nephews who will be affected by government decisions made yesterday and today. His stands on some key issues include:
■ Health care: Hed vote to repeal the health-care reform bill. We have many problems with the healthcare system, he says, but the current health care bill makes virtually every problem worse, he says. He said hes trimmed health insurance costs at his cardiology practice through a combination of higher deductibles, health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts.
■ Social Security: He suggests the creation of a parallel system for younger people that would put automatic deductions into a trust fund protected from career politicians. He said accusations that he favors privatization of Social Security are an absolute fabrication. Ive never said anything about privatizing. Ive never said anything about investing on Wall Street.
■ War in the Middle East: He says we need to support Israel as a democratic force in the Middle East. Policies in Iraq and Afghanistan should be pursued with clear goals set by military leaders, not politicians. He worries about Iran and says it should be kept from having nuclear weapons.
■ Government spending and accountability: He suggests that Congress needs to enact one-topic bills that are put before the public for a week before any vote is held on them, showing where the moneys coming from and where its going, similar to the detail on local property tax bills. Most of the damage done in Washington is they say its this bill, but then they tack on eight things behind that have nothing to do with it.
Dr. Steele said hes not after Rep. Dingells job as some sort of career move or Republican strategy. Ive never voted a straight ticket before in my life, he said, acknowledging that he has voted for Rep. Dingell at times in the past. We need to have accountability and transparency, and I dont see that as a partisan issue whatso ever.
But he said he has a good practice and satisfying career, so he wont be crushed if he loses. If I get beat it doesnt affect me. It makes my life better, he said.
I sure hope so. The winds would help sweep the good Dr. in.
But what about Dingell-Norwood? /Goron
John Dingell needs to go ahead and retire (isn’t he 84 years old?) and enjoy life before he dies.
Yes he is 84. Take a look at some recent photos....
This is a little off subject but I would like to know if Senator Carl Levin is up for reelection this November? I really want this traitor out as he pressured people to say nice things about islam during the Hassan/Fort Hood massacre hearing in the Senate. I have never seen anything so craven before.
No Dingell did not engineer the Muslim Immigration.
It is a funny story historically. It is Danny Thomas's fault!
Seriously he was of Lebanese decent and made it big, and he was from Dearborn ( or was it Toledo?) and Middle Eastern folks thought if he could make it their so could they!
I kid you not!
I know that Danny Thomas was from Toledo because I remember him making jokes about it on his old tv commedy show.
Danny Thomas is from Deerfield, Michigan, in Monroe County.
Henry Ford brought the muslims over to work in the River Rouge plants outside of Dearborn.