Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Schauer Not Running for Congress in 2012


I wanted to personally email you, before you heard it in the press, that I will not be a candidate for Congress in 2012. As you can imagine, with all the dysfunction in the Congress today, this was not an easy decision.

Congressman Mark SchauerA combination of factors led me to this conclusion — the joy I've found in re-connecting with my family, especially our three little grandsons; the difference I'm making as national co-chair of the BlueGreen Alliance Jobs 21! campaign; and Republican Congressional redistricting that removes my hometown of Battle Creek from my old Congressional district.

I'm incredibly proud of the public service work I've been a part of in Lansing and in Congress since 1996. Public service is in my blood, and making things better for children, families, communities, and small businesses is what I enjoy most.

Can't say as I blame him. He would have had to move to try again in the 7th, or try and run in the GR area, which is going to cost a slight fortune...

Governor 2014. That was my first choice anyway, even if it wasn't his. ;-)

Where does that leave the 3rd? I ran into Pat Miles at the Hollyhock Parade on the 4th, and he said he was considering another run. I believe it's very winnable for the Dems - IF they put in the resources (read: people and $$). Amash is too extreme for this moderate area, and his voting record will show it.

Will the Dems commit? We will see.