Skip to comments.US Rep. Mike Rogers Of Michigan Won’t Seek Re-Election
Posted on 03/28/2014 4:23:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who has been a prominent voice as President Barack Obama attempts to overhaul U.S. surveillance, said Friday that he wont seek re-election after his term ends this year.
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Unexpected good news...
My opinion as well.
The district was Romney 51%, Osama 48%. Osama won it in 2008 52-46% (McLame didn’t contest Michigan).
Competitive, but we should hold.
Good riddance. That sucker sure has gotten fat in Washington. I can’t imagine he has much appeal as a radio talker.
If not for Lansing that district would be a solid hold for republicans.
Get that Bonehead prop out. Don’t leave mad Mike, just leave.
Livingston county has been getting redder by the year though, too many transplants running from what they created just so they can recreate it again it seems.
Coffee!! I mean bluer...
Don’t say more GOP or more Dem. Using the newspeak political colors created by the media just confuses everyone intelligent.
Excuse me, I meant “DO say more...”
Must be even Ole Mike is tired of carrying water for the Gestapo Agencies. That or one of the Alphabet Soup Agencies offered him a opportunity he couldn’t refuse for his willingness to cover their asses...
Most likely the Latter.
The linked article quotes him as saying that he wants to be a “productive conservative” voice on the radio, a perspective that he says is missing. So.... it sounds as if he wants to be a more moderate alternative to Rush, Hannity, et al. Hah! Good luck with that!
Anyway, I am taking a wild guess that there is more to this story. No idea what that is. Men his age (50) very rarely walk away from positions of power that they have spent so much effort attaining.
Here’s a good analysis of the district prepared by Republican Michigander (a former FReeper under another name, and a resident of the MI-08) in mid-2013 (back when it was rumored that Rogers would run for the Senate): http://republicanmichigander.blogspot.com/2013/04/congressional-district-8-updated-2013.html
Yes, the district would be safely Republican if Lansing and East Lansing were removed (GOP redistricters should have placed those overwhelmingly Dem areas of Ingham County in the (heavily Dem) Flint-Saginaw-Bay City MI-05, but they never have), but as it is it’s quite competitive, with a slight GOP lean. It’s GOP core is Livingston County, which Rogers used to represent in the state senate; his successor there was Desert Storm veteran Valde Garcia, elected to the state house in 1998 and the state senate in 2002 and 2006, but term limits prevented him from running again in 2010. http://ballotpedia.org/Valde_Garcia Valde Garcia would be the natural successor to Rogers in Congress, but given that he served for 12 years in the Michigan legislature he must have cast a few votes with which some conservatives disagreed, so I expect that he’ll be labeled a “RINO” or “GOPe” and eschewed in favor of some Paultard in his 20s. That’s what happened in MI-03 in 2010, although hopefully we’ll get rid of the Palestinian Paulistinian Justin Amash in this year’s primary.
Nah, it was Freudian. I’ve done the same thing.
Either Valde Garcia or current State Sen. Joe Hune (who is only in his early 30s, Garcia is in his late 50s) would seem the most likely, unless there are other names from the private sector or lower office. Hune would have to give up his seat to run, however.
Radio show? Clearly he wants to build a higher national profile for, uh, some reason. :’) Thanks cripplecreek.
do you still have the link on his wife’s company?
As far as I know he wasn’t in any real danger of losing the seat.
Sounds like somebody made him an offer he couldn’t refuse...
Got good candidates to run ?
Of he got the message with all the raids by FBI.....
I don’t know any of the state reps from that district. I’d like to see our Attorney general and Secretary of state run in the future but we need them where they are for now.
More from the Washington post.
>>”I have always believed in our founders’ idea of a citizen legislature,” he said in his statement. “I had a career before politics and always planned to have one after. The genius of our institutions is they are not dependent on the individual temporary occupants privileged to serve.”<<
Personally I don’t buy it. He had every intent of running a few months ago.
“Hune would have to give up his seat to run, however.”
Yeah, Hune’s Senate seat is up in 2014. But Hune might be willing to risk it, since (i) it would be his last term in the MI legislature anyhow (he already served 8 years in the state house and if reelected to the state senate in 2014 he’ll reach his two-term limit there as well), and (ii) if a Republican wins the MI-08 seat in November (which is the likeliest scenario, particularly since Democrat hottie Gretchen Whitmer almost certainly will pass up a run, as she has prior entreaties to go to Washington or even to run statewide), it may not open up again for a while, and Hune would then have to risk a statewide run if he wants to stay in elective office. Given that Hune first got elected to the state house at age 21 and has been in elective office ever since, I have to assume that he’s very ambitious and would be hard-pressed to pass up this opportunity, even if he has to face Valde Garcia or another top-tier Republican in the primary.
This is odd. Committee chair at 50 do not retire.
Corruption or a bimbo/bimboy eruption would be the most likely reasons. Something like steering contracts to his wife’s business interests or maybe he has an intern problem.
Politics1 at last check doesn’t have Garcia or Hune listed as potential candidates, but they did add these three names as speculative:
Mike Bishop (R) - Ex-State Senate Majority Leader, Ex-State Rep., Attorney & ‘12 Oakland County Prosecutor Nominee
Craig DeRoche (R) - Ex-State House Speaker, Ex-Novi City Councilman & Religious Right Activist
Barb Byrum (D) - Ingham County Clerk, Ex-State Rep. & Hardware Store Owner
Already running against Rogers are two desultory Dem candidates:
Ken Darga (D) - Retired State Demographer & Economist
Susan Grettenberger (D) - College Professor & Social Worker
Both Schuette and Johnson are terrific, but, as you said, they are needed in their current positions (and, besides, Schuette is from outside the MI-08). I can see Schuette running for the U.S. Senate in 2018 when his AG term is up (he’ll be 64 then). Ruth Johnson will be 63 in 2018; could she run for Governor?
A Livingston County candidate would have the advantage in the primary. And Novi isn’t in MI-08, is it?
Is Barb Byrum the sister of Diane, the Democrat whom Rogers barely beat in 2000?
I’m not sure which district Novi is in.
I heard that Barb Byrum is the daughter but I can’t be sure.
Novi is in the 11th (Bentivolio’s seat). Barb Byrum is Dianne’s daughter. She already served her 3 terms in the House and was termed out in 2013 (she almost lost reelection in 2010, but the Dems held her seat in 2012).
I received a standard plea for reelection campaign money from his office just this week. He wasn't aware that was being sent out? Very strange timing.
I don't see this seat as an easy win for anyone on the right. The primary is going to be a typical mid-Michigan melee, too many candidates and none of them with widespread name-recognition, and that's where the seat will be lost. The dems will keep their primary choices down to a trio, no matter how much strong-arming has to go on behind the scenes. Whitmer, Byrum...some screeching lefty broad, that's who I think is going to take this seat in the end. I've found myself less and less in agreement with Rogers as the years have gone by but I hate the idea that my Congressman is going to be some loonie lefty.
The seat was drawn for a Republican, and this will be a lousy year for the Dems, so no need to panic.
GRIFFIN: Want an example? Take Kristi Clemens Rogers.
Four years ago, she married the powerful chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers.
Up until 2012, she was also the CEO of the American branch of Aegis, a defense and security contracting firm, where. according to her new employer, the law firm, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, Kristi Rogers successfully developed and led a two-year pursuit and capture strategy to win a five-year, $10 billion contract under the Department of States Worldwide Protective Services program.
And, yes, its an area her husbands committee has Congressional oversight, making sure diplomats and their staffs are properly protected.
You would think Congressman Mike Rogers would at least disclose that family connection, or that in appearing before Congress, Kristi Rogers would disclose her marital ties.
But on his Web site, Congressman Rogers only states hes in fact married, no name, and Kristi Rogers in an appearance before a presidential commission back in 2010 didnt mention the name of the man she just married, even though she missed her first appearance due to her honeymoon.
KRISTI CLEMENS ROGERS, WIFE OF REPRESENTATIVE MIKE ROGERS: It was an unfortunate perfect storm. I had just come off my honeymoon. That was not the perfect storm
GRIFFIN: The congressman declined our interview request, and his press secretary set us straight in this email, telling us this is all old news.
Kristi Rogers is not a lobbyist, she writes, and is not engaging in those activities.
She has also never met with any member of Congressman Rogers staff or staff members of the intelligence committee in any professional capacity on any issue.
Kristi Rogers is now the managing director of Federal Government Affairs and Public Policy from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.
She is not a registered lobbyist. She just happens to work for a firm that does extensive lobbying, and on its Web site, touts its strong relationships in Congress with a solid record of success in securing legislation and federal funding on behalf of clients. NYHART: And its this kind of conflict of interest that leads to this deep distrust.
GRIFFIN: What we are told constantly by the members is, I never talk to my spouse about this issue.
I never talk to her on this business. Theres a firewall between me and my sons who are lobbyists.
Do you buy that?
NYHART: Well, whether you buy it or not, heres the question of the appearance. Im sure theres some reality.
I cant quite believe that members of Congress dont care about the fortunes of their family members.
GRIFFIN: And the fortunes go both ways. Mike Rogers wife, Kristi becomes CEO of defense contractor, then is hired by a lobbying firm.
Rogers becomes chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and according to the Federal Election Commission, political donations from the defense industry quadruple, all legal, all within the rules, all routine in the family business of Washington.
Drew Griffin, CNN, Washington.
Rogers, wife say careers dont overlap
Oh Look, Rep. Mike Rogers Wife Stands To Benefit Greatly From CISPA Passing
Looks like he chose money over position once the position set him up for the money !
Very well stated Hoosiermama
Thanks for the links; thread/ping. Very interesting/informative words and deeds of Mike and Kristi. A Michigan “representative” in Washington and the family feeding off the loot.
BIG GOVERNMENT IS CRONY SOCIALISM. Socialism Is Legal Plunder - Bastiat
Mike and Kristi Robbers?
Most of the work was done by Maggie back a few months ago. She is the best.
Livingston County is very conservative, so we might have a better conservative run there. My friend's the county Republican Party chair up there, but he's keeping his mouth shut if he has inside information outside to say that he's not running.
I emailed him about Garcia, and he told me he now lives in Warren so I doubt he's going to run. I know he voted for Granholm's tax increases as well because I asked him what was going on with his senator.
He's being tightlipped overall about the three reps currently there (Joe Hune, Bill Rogers, Cindy Denby). I wouldn't be surprised if one of them runs. I also heard Saul Anuzis might run.
Bishop seems like a good guy from the one or two times I met him when he ran for Attorney General at a GOP convention.
That techdirt article is innuendo and bullshit with no real sources whatsoever.
Thanks for the inside scoop.
Tell Dan we miss him at FR.
I think the readers here understand every article has a bias, as I read your posts I would say you may have one also knowing people around the congressman. Mike has done many good things in his career but leaving now you have to admit seems a bit strange. All I need to hear next is “ I’m leaving to spend more time with my family”