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Dingell hat trick: Debbie to run (Dingell Dynasty)
Politico ^ | 2/25/14 | ANNA PALMER and SCOTT WONG

Posted on 02/25/2014 1:23:09 PM PST by Second Amendment First

The Dingell dynasty dates back to the era of FDR and there’s very little that can stop it from rolling on.

Rep. John Dingell announced Monday he’s leaving the seat he took over from his father nearly six decades ago. And now his wife, Debbie Dingell, is planning to announce in the district Friday her candidacy for the open seat, according to a source close to Dingell.

Dingell wasted no time putting together a campaign apparatus Monday, holding a conference call last night with her husband’s former aides.

She also may sever ties with the American Automotive Policy Council where she has lead the manufacturing arm of the Big Three-backed trade group, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Debbie Dingell has a set of huge advantages over nearly any challenger for the Michigan seat: she will be able to tap into the powerful Dingell Machine, her husband’s campaign coffers and a vast network of political operatives and donors.

And she’s already got the support of powerful Wolverine State figures like retiring Sen. Carl Levin.

“She’d be a fabulous congresswoman but those are such personal decisions,” said Levin, who didn’t know if others might challenge her for the seat. “She would be a very, very strong candidate. She’d be a really wonderful congresswoman too.”

Political observers in Michigan and D.C. say she’d be the favorite to win the seat that’s been held continuously by John D. Dingell Sr. and John D. Dingell Jr. since the year FDR entered the White House.

“She knows the district and the people very well,” said Dennis Fitzgibbons, former chief of staff to Rep. Dingell when he chaired the Energy and Commerce Committee. “She has a familiarity with the issues that are important and in play in the district and has been a public figure for a fair amount of time in Michigan, generally.”

She’s also expected to get the support of powerful political operations like EMILY’s List once she officially enters the race, according to someone close to her. EMILY’s List has not officially weighed in the Michigan 12 race.

While Dingell had flirted with running for retiring Sen. Carl Levin’s seat, several Dingell insiders said this time is different.

“She’s much more serious,” said one former senior Dingell aide.

Dingell must collect at least 1,000 signatures by April 22 to appear on the Aug. 5 ballot. Some Dingell supporters expect she’ll clear the primary when she announces, but other Democrats, including Ann Arbor State Sen. Rebekah Warren and Taylor State Sen. Hoon Yung Hopgood, have also been mentioned as potential candidates.

If she’s challenged, Dingell will surely face political attacks that it is time for new blood to represent the district. Rep. Dingell has had similar criticisms launched at it over the years.

Dingell also is known for not being afraid to throw elbows, which could come up on the campaign trail.

While her husband wielded the gavel on the powerful Energy and Commerce Commitee, Debbie Dingell was making a name for herself in business, political and charity circles inside the Beltway and in Wolverine State.

She currently serves as chairwoman of the Wayne State University Board of Governors and has long been one of Michigan’s representatives on the Democratic National Committee. Dingell was a leading force in moving up Michigan’s 2008 primary — defying the national party. She also held senior roles on Al Gore and John Kerry’s presidential campaigns.

A descendent of one of GM’s founding Fisher Brothers, she served in executive roles with General Motors for more than three decades, finally leaving in 2009 as vice chairman of the General Motors Foundation and executive director of public affairs and community relations for GM. She later founded consulting firm D2 Strategies.

Dingell has also been fierce protector of her husband on Capitol Hill, and has regularly engaged involved in his political battles. Dingell played a major role behind the scenes in 2008 trying to defend Dingell’s gavel when Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) successfully challenged him.

While her husband’s legions of former staffers are well-known, Dingell has also created her own political network and has a history of working with Republicans. She is close to Abby Blunt, a top lobbyist at Altria and wife of Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). She’s also developed a strong women network — hosting a holiday luncheon of about 250 women, a virtual who’s who of powerful women and wives of powerful men, according to an attendee.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: California; US: Michigan; US: Missouri
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1 posted on 02/25/2014 1:23:09 PM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First
The Dingells

U.S. Rep. John Dingell, left, and his wife Debbie hold hands during a legislative forum at the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber. | AP Photo, Detroit News

2 posted on 02/25/2014 1:24:57 PM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

Will the people of Michigan EVER get tired of electing Dingells?


3 posted on 02/25/2014 1:25:04 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Can’t anyone wipe away these Dingleberries?


4 posted on 02/25/2014 1:25:06 PM PST by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Rob Steele has already effectively endorsed Terry Bowman. Should be an interesting race. The Company/govt against the union conservative.

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5 posted on 02/25/2014 1:25:58 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Second Amendment First

isn’t a dingell the thing you miss from time to time when you wipe your arse?


6 posted on 02/25/2014 1:26:25 PM PST by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I’ve never voted for one.


7 posted on 02/25/2014 1:26:46 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: dblshot
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8 posted on 02/25/2014 1:27:44 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Second Amendment First

Poster children for Term Limits.


9 posted on 02/25/2014 1:27:54 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Hey Detroit,
Keep electing horse pooh like Dingell or his old lady cause they’ve done such a damn good job for you all.
MOeRONs


10 posted on 02/25/2014 1:28:56 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Second Amendment First

Seems to me the laws need to change about “funds” congress critters have when they retire or die....it should go to the States general funds....not another political endeavor....


11 posted on 02/25/2014 1:29:47 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Second Amendment First

How cute ... she can swap facelift stories with Nasty Pelosi.


12 posted on 02/25/2014 1:30:18 PM PST by NorthMountain
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To: Second Amendment First

McCain is going to do the same thing.
Except Cindy McCain is going to flip to Democrat


13 posted on 02/25/2014 1:30:19 PM PST by Zathras
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To: Zathras

Corrupt wife to replace corrupt husband


14 posted on 02/25/2014 1:30:59 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Second Amendment First

As presidential inaugurations used to be in March, Dingell Sr. would have served several months under Hoover. Wow.


15 posted on 02/25/2014 1:31:08 PM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: Second Amendment First

“Debbie Dingell”!!! LMAO


16 posted on 02/25/2014 1:32:09 PM PST by Makana (Self-esteem is the new intelligence. - Greenfield)
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To: cripplecreek
She is close to Abby Blunt, a top lobbyist at Altria and wife of Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).

I hate this kind of crap on both sides of the aisle.

17 posted on 02/25/2014 1:33:59 PM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

Debbie Dingell sounds like something you would find on your ass..


18 posted on 02/25/2014 1:34:45 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: hosepipe

bumper sticker..


19 posted on 02/25/2014 1:35:39 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Hieronymus

81 years between daddy and junior.

The name was changed to Dingell to fit Daddy’s slogan of “Ring in Dingell”


20 posted on 02/25/2014 1:37:09 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Second Amendment First

I don’t have a vote in this one but I will send a few bucks to Terry Bowman.


21 posted on 02/25/2014 1:38:09 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Will the people of Michigan EVER get tired of electing Dingells?

Sorry bro but the people of Michigan don't have any say so in the election of the Dingells.......

Dingell is a district congressman and his district encompasses libertard Lansing as well as communities heavily vested in UAW employment.......If a challenger should happen to win, I would be happily surprised.

Dingell’s District

22 posted on 02/25/2014 1:45:47 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Occam's razor was made by Gillette)
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23 posted on 02/25/2014 1:45:51 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Second Amendment First

Dingell resigned his position on the Board of Directors of the NRA and then voted for bill Clinton’s AW ban.

NEVER FORGET THAT!


24 posted on 02/25/2014 1:47:22 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: cripplecreek

How old is she?

No mention in any media stories.


25 posted on 02/25/2014 1:47:49 PM PST by alpo (What would Selco do?)
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To: alpo

Born 1954 per Wiki.
Mucho younger than her hubby.


26 posted on 02/25/2014 1:48:51 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Second Amendment First

That’s a Halloween shot if I ever saw one!


27 posted on 02/25/2014 1:51:35 PM PST by Tallguy
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To: alpo

I’m not sure of her exact age but I keep hearing that she’s 30 years younger than him.


28 posted on 02/25/2014 1:53:58 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Tallguy

Im guessing at his age the only reason she had in marrying him was that he could lick his eyebrows


29 posted on 02/25/2014 1:54:38 PM PST by BubbaJunebug
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To: cripplecreek
keep hearing that she’s 30 years younger than him.

That puts her at about 85?

30 posted on 02/25/2014 1:55:59 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Blood of Tyrants
"Will the people of Michigan EVER get tired of electing Dingells?"

54% of the voters in Michigan voted against America in 2012, so it stands to reason that they will happily support the woman whose husband voted against America numerous times in congress.

31 posted on 02/25/2014 1:56:03 PM PST by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
I'm not sure we can take it but it should shape up to be an interesting race.

(Newsmacks)Deborah Dingell Faces Battle to Replace Retiring Husband

"But I'm not going to run," Steele told Newsmax Monday. "The major reason is we already have a very strong and good candidate in Terry Bowman, and I am proud to support Terry after all he has done."

A card-carrying member of the United Auto Workers who works at a plant in Ypsilanti, Bowman was a founder of Union Conservatives" and a mover and shaker behind "Freedom to Work" — the Michigan right-to-work law that was finally signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder in 2012. Bowman told reporters earlier this year he was prepared to run against either Dingell.

32 posted on 02/25/2014 2:00:48 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: alpo

Debbie does Dingell is 60.
What is curious is that old man Dingell is retiring because congress has become obnoxious. But he is happy to send her there.


33 posted on 02/25/2014 2:07:37 PM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Fightin Whitey

He’s 87, she’s 60.

been married 33 yrs.


34 posted on 02/25/2014 2:12:51 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation

She was 2 years old when he was first elected to the House at age 29.


35 posted on 02/25/2014 2:14:51 PM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: hosepipe

So will she be Dingle the Third or Dingle the Turd


36 posted on 02/25/2014 2:17:54 PM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

Debbie Dingells? I think I saw some of those right next to the Hostess Twinkies the other day at the grocery. I could be wrong.


37 posted on 02/25/2014 2:20:25 PM PST by lakecumberlandvet (Appeasement never works.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Time to get rid of the Ding Dong Dingells.


38 posted on 02/25/2014 3:12:17 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> Dingell played a major role behind the scenes in 2008 trying to defend Dingell’s gavel when Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) successfully challenged him.


39 posted on 02/25/2014 5:08:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Second Amendment First

The Michigan version of the Kennedys!


40 posted on 02/25/2014 5:24:40 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014: The Year of DEAD RINOS)
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To: cripplecreek

Whoops, thanks cc.


41 posted on 02/25/2014 5:27:29 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: BenLurkin; All
Poster children for Term Limits.

And here is the antidote, Terry Bowman of "Union Conservatives" who might run against her...

http://www.unionconservatives.com/

42 posted on 02/25/2014 5:30:59 PM PST by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: cripplecreek

The dynasty aspect could be used to make some interesting then-and-now comparisons. When John Dingell Senior was first elected to the house, the federal debt was approximately $21 billion, or $168 per capita. At $17.3 trillion, or $54,645 per capita it is time for a new deal.

Back in ‘94, Tom Foley, who was then speaker, went down to defeat at the hands of a younger opponent who was making contrasts between 1964 and 1994—the contrasts between 1932 and now are even bigger.


43 posted on 02/25/2014 5:42:07 PM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: Hieronymus

Coolidge spoke of the costs of government in his day as an astounding sum of 7 billion dollars.


44 posted on 02/25/2014 5:50:46 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

The $7 billion must have included state and local—the 1928 federal budget came in at slightly under $3 billion. If you pro-rated the present budget along the lines of a 40 hour week, 52 weeks/year, $3 billion wouldn’t cover the first two hours of the first day. $7 billion would at least get you beyond lunch.


45 posted on 02/25/2014 6:04:09 PM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: Hieronymus

I think he meant the total cost of government. Its here in this awesome speech about taxes and the burden government imposes on the people.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5puwTrLRhmw


46 posted on 02/25/2014 6:07:15 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I can not imagine why anyone would vote for anyone that many times. This is passed down like some Middle East dictatorship. Can we say “vote fraud”?


47 posted on 02/25/2014 7:38:34 PM PST by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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To: Second Amendment First
Dingell must collect at least 1,000 signatures by April 22 to appear on the Aug. 5 ballot. Some Dingell supporters expect she’ll clear the primary when she announces, but other Democrats, including Ann Arbor State Sen. Rebekah Warren and Taylor State Sen. Hoon Yung Hopgood, have also been mentioned as potential candidates.

If you think Dingell would be bad, Warren would be worse. She's my state senator that doesn't represent me. She used to run a pro-abortion organization. Far leftist across the board.

The one good thing about Warren running (and losing in the primary) is that she will be out of my state senate district. My congressman is Tim Walberg, so I won't have to deal with her ever again. :)

48 posted on 02/26/2014 2:48:23 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: cripplecreek

Is Bowman in? Good. I’m on the wrong (right) side of Joy Rd to vote for him, but I can let my contacts know that this guy is worth their time.


49 posted on 02/26/2014 2:50:04 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: cripplecreek

LOL. Conyers and Dingell. They belong together. Conyers got his start by working for Dingell back when Dingell represented Detroit.


50 posted on 02/26/2014 2:53:35 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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