Skip to comments.Congressman Fred Upton, Jack Hoogendyk rematch noisier but differences still clear
Posted on 07/25/2012 6:14:33 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Two years ago, Jack Hoogendyk mounted a campaign against veteran Congressman Fred Upton on the position that Upton is not conservative enough.
Hoogendyk captured 43 percent of the vote enough to encourage him and his supporters to make another run at Upton this year.
In some ways the contest has looked familiar: Hoogendyk extolling his unwavering belief in smaller government and less spending while Upton promotes his record and experience as a 13-term congressman.
But in other ways it has been different. For one, both candidates have already raised and spent far more than in 2010 and hard-hitting advertising campaigns started much earlier.
Upton, who became chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee last year, has attained a higher profile in Congress and has used his position this term to fight President Barack Obamas health-care reform and other administration initiatives.
Hoogendyk, too, has attracted more attention.
The conservative Club for Growth expressed interest publicly in Hoogendyk and aired two television ads attacking Uptons moderate record, although it has stopped short of endorsing Hoogendyk. Former presidential candidate Herman Cain also made two appearances with Hoogendyk in the district.
In April, the Washington Post named the race one of the 10 top primaries to watch.
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Isn’t Upton the one who helped outlaw the incandescent lightbulb and our RINO prez signed it into law - thanks to lobbying by GE who makes the bulbs in China - Have I got that right?
We need to get rid of RINO Fred Upton, who has been in Congress for decades and supported Obama’s law telling us what kind of light bulbs we may or may not use in our own homes.
You’re right about Upton.
Thirteen term congressman? Theres your problem right there.
Here next door in the 7th district, we get a new congressman every 2 years. We’ve had Walberg twice and he’s still a freshman LOL
You left out the part about shipping American jobs over to china... you know... like gm is doing today.
Check out this video... you will see exactly what I mean.
Jack’s a good guy with a good voting record. Upton has a bad voting record.
Michigan conservatives who want to improve their state’s delegation should look no further than the GOP primary in MI-06, where Jack Hoogendyk is a qualified, experienced conservative with a record to back up his words, and incumbent Fred Upton is a moderate who likes to go along to get along. Unlike some other races, backing the grassroots conservative in MI-06 won’t have the downside of nominating someone with kooky views or who has no record to back up his conservative issue positions, or who would risk the seat going to the Democrats. Hoogendyk is the real deal.
Some people may vote against Congressman Fred Upton in the Aug. 7 primary because his career conservative rating is the lowest of all Michigan Republicans.
Some people may vote against him because he voted for bailouts, earmarks, Solyndra-like loan guarantees and other big government programs.
Some people may vote against him because his badly outspent opponent Jack Hoogendyk (the 2008 U.S. GOP Senate nominee) is a solid conservative with a strong pro-taxpayer record.
But we’ll vote against him because Upton is the one congressman most responsible for outlawing the incandescent light bulb. Now, when we drop a mercury-laden spaghetti bulb in our garage, we are supposed to call in a HazMat team to clean it up, and when one burns out, we must drive to a disposal facility near Allegan to throw it away.
We expect liberal Democrats to tell us what kind of health insurance to buy, what size pop bottles may be sold in New York City, and what parents can or pack into their children’s lunch boxes, but we don’t expect this kind of nanny state behavior from a Republican congressman.
We will probably end up voting for him in November because, with all his money (he’s the 26th richest member of the U.S. House of Representatives), it is hard to see him actually losing the primary, and he’s better than a Democrat (but not by much).
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