Election Coverage / Politics

Rep. Dave Camp Won’t Run for Senate in 2014

By Cameron Joseph – The Hill

Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) on Friday announced he won’t run for the Senate in 2014, denying the GOP a top recruit for the open-seat race.

“After much thought and careful consideration, I have decided not to run for the United States Senate,” Camp said in a statement. “I will continue to put my full focus and effort on serving my constituents in mid- and northern-Michigan as their representative and as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.”

Camp had said he was considering a run for retiring Sen. Carl Levin’s (D-Mich.) seat, exciting Republicans in Michigan who had grown pessimistic about their party’s chances in the race.

The decision hurts Republicans’ odds of winning Senate control. Michigan, along with Iowa, are their best chances of expanding the map by winning open seats in swing states, but they’ve struggled with recruiting in both places.

If Republicans fail to win the seats in Iowa and Michigan, they would need to defeat three of four Democratic incumbents in red states in order to win Senate control.

Democrats have rallied around Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), while the top Republican option at this point is former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R), who has failed to excite many Republicans.

Camp’s decision could bolster his push for tax reform with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (R-Mont.). Mounting a statewide campaign would have likely required Camp to spend more time away from his role as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, which is crafting tax reform legislation.

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PaulE
8 years ago

So Congressman Camp has chosen the “safe” seat in the House, rather than risk a potential loss running for the Senate seat. What this tells me is that Congressman Camp has come to the conclusion, via polling or some other means, that despite the abysmal problems facing the people of Michigan, they will continue to blindly pull the voting lever for a Democrat.

There are several states in the country, that no matter how bad things get, the majority of people will blindly keep voting for Democrats for the Senate and presidency no matter what. It’s like a conditioned reflex. I unfortunately live in one of those states and I have to tell you things could get substantially worse and most of the people would keep right on voting Democrat. You simply can’t fix stupid.

Helen C Satmary
8 years ago

It is strange he would take this position. Unless, perhaps he is being blackmailed???

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