|GOP Congressman Mike Rogers|
Rogers to retire - Don't let the door hit you in
the ass on the way out.
Police State, Big Brother loving GOP Congressman Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, announced that he will not run for re-election this year.
This creep never met an unconstitutional 1984 Police Surveillance State program that he didn't like. The sooner he is gone the better. The question become will he be replaced by a Big Brother clone or by someone who actually believes in the Constitution.
The seven-term congressman — who has been a key ally of House Speaker John Boehner and frequent guest of Sunday morning political talk shows — said he will step down at the end of his term, which ends early next year. Rogers said he is stepping down to start a radio show to discuss conservative and national security issues.
“I believe in being a conservative media you have to move the ball forward,” Rogers said. He added, “that voice is missing,” reports the Detroit Free Press.
He said the show will begin in January 2015. Cumulus owns and operates radio stations across the U.S. put out a statement timed with Rogers’ announcement saying he brings a “unique perspective as a leading intelligence expert” and “has played a key role shaping critical national security policies.”
Michigan's 8th Congressional District
|Election results from presidential races|
|2012||President||Romney 51 - 48%|
|2008||President||Obama 53 - 46%|
|2004||President||Bush 54 - 45%|
|2000||President||Bush 51 - 47%|
|1996||President||Clinton 49 - 40%|
|1992||President||Clinton 40 - 36%|
District Could Swing Either WayThe 8th district stretches from Lansing through central Michigan to Detroit's suburbs and leans slightly Republican — native son and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) won it by 3 percentage points in 2012, but President Obama won it in 2008.
Rogers originally won his seat by just 111 votes in 2000, though the district has since been redrawn to lean a bit more Republican. Since then, he's never dipped below 55 percent in any of his reelection bids.
The retirement could be well timed for the GOP as well — Michigan Republicans shored up their incumbents across the state with a clever gerrymander after the 2010 elections, and 2014 is shaping up to be a good year nationally for Republicans, meaning it might be a good time for Rogers to try to pass off his seat to another Republican. But operatives in both parties say the open-seat race could be competitive reports The Hill.
Potential GOP candidates for the seat include Rogers's brother, Michigan state Rep. Bill Rogers (R), former Michigan House Speaker Craig DeRoche (R), and former Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop (R).
On the Democratic side, Central Michigan University Prof. Susan Grettenberger (D) was already in the race, and Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum (D) might be interested in a bid.
Democrats predict a competitive race.
"Voters in Michigan’s eighth congressional district have shown that this district is competitive – supporting President Obama in 2008 and nearly in 2012 – and they're hungry for an agenda that puts the middle class first," Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. "There are now 11 Republican-controlled open seats that have been made more competitive by departures, expanding our battlefield and giving Democrats some of our best opportunities across the country."
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) predicted the GOP would hold the seat.
|Michigan's 8th Congressional District|