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Gov. Rick Snyder Endorses Kerry Bentivolio For Michigan's 11th Congressional District

Governor Snyder urges voters to support Bentivolio in the special and general elections.

Gov. Rick Snyder and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley have given their endorsements for race.

They are urging voters to support Republican in the November general election. Bentivolio beat out Republican Nancy Cassis in the Tuesday night primary to advance to the general election ballot. Bentivolio is set to run against of Canton in November.

Bentivolio also got Snyder's endorsement for the  election. He will be running in the September special election to fill the seat resigned by Thaddeus McCotter in July. He will face fellow Republicans Cassis, Steve King, Kenneth Crider and Carolyn Cavanagh and Democrat David Curson.

“I’m honored to have the support of Governor Snyder and Lt. Governor Calley,” Bentivolio said in a press release. "Governor Snyder and Lt. Governor Calley are doing an excellent job of leading a Michigan comeback. I will work hard to bring similar common sense solutions to Washington D.C."

Governor Snyder congratulated Bentivolio on his Tuesday night primary election win.

"I proudly endorse him for both the special election and the general election and look forward to working with him to continue our Michigan comeback and put the country on a path to recovery. Now is the time for us to unite," Snyder said in the press release.

Paul August 10, 2012 at 05:39 PM
LOL. Crazy Kerry!? I think the Governor may need a Cat Scan ASAP.
Chris P. August 10, 2012 at 06:41 PM
All of the Republicans will endorse him now. It's nuts. They're nuts. Speaking of nuts, they should all grow a pair and be brave enough to state the obvious: this idiot has no business in office. (I was always a proud Republican. No more. This makes me sick.)
Herb Helzer August 10, 2012 at 08:30 PM
You might want to have some words with some of the other Patch commenters, such as Paul Baugher and Peggy Miller, on this matter of who's a proud Republican. You might be surprised. Paul and Peggy like Bentivolio, but I get a sense that many "establishment" Republicans in Troy, Birmingham/Bloomfield, Clawson, Famrington and the Lakes feel as you do: Dismayed, even a little sick. That said, Kerry Bentivolio is not an idiot; far from it. He's a combat veteran of Vietnam and Iraq, and thus deserves respect. But if he truly endorses the extreme Tea Party/Ron Paul agenda -- that the entire system is corrupt and anyone (R or D) who tries to work within the system must be swept aside -- then I agree that he has no business in office.
Adam Smith August 10, 2012 at 09:05 PM
This is why I am now an independent. I put my countries, state, districts and personal interests above party. I vote for the best person for the job and I do not drink the Kool-Aid just because the party elders tell me to. I am not belittling Mr. Bentivolio , but he is not the person we need to help fix the problems we have in MI or Washington D.C., so my vote will be to keep Mr. Bentivolio at home and in his current job.
Adam Smith August 10, 2012 at 09:15 PM
We need leader with vision not blind obedience to their own dogma. Mr . Bentivolio if you cannot admit that you are in over your head then the voters of the 11th congressional district should vote to reflect this fact in November. We do not want to send Mr. B. nor should I say “Mr. Bean” to Washington.
woods-walker August 10, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Wow. L. Brooks Patterson, and now Snyder. Must be a virus going around.
EHM August 11, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Anyone surprised? Once someone gets the nomination the party falls in line and endorses them. (Happens with both parties.)
cookiepro2 August 11, 2012 at 06:52 AM
Question...if the other Republicans and the one Democrat currently on the slate for the special election primary in September drop out now can the election be cancelled and the cost of $650K tax payer money be saved? It seems they might as well since the GOP establishment is endorsing Bentivolio. Maybe I don't understand the purpose of the special election. From my understanding it's a primary leading up to an election in November, to fill the position only from November to January, who would be interested in that? Why not just have Bentivolio and Taj represent their parites for the short time perioid election in November?
Dave August 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Because that would be called "Common Sense" which government lacks.
Linda P August 14, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I read the above comments and now I understand. Everyone complains about gutter politics but then they go out and do the same thing with their own gutter and abusive comments. If you don't want to vote for Kerry that is fine...but don't stoop to the same tactics that you so criticze in others. Kerry is a decent and honorable man - if you dislike his positions you are so entitled but character assasinations make me realize you are the problem not him.
Diane August 15, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Has anyone one of you supposed 'smarter than Kerry' posters bothered to actually read about Bentivolio's positions on the issues or bothered to talk to him? It seems as though you are all just spouting the talking points from Cassis and the party elitists that don't like the fact that Bentivolio has an independent mindset. You sound like the progressive Democrats that you seek to defeat! Don't forget the R's & D's share responsibility for the mess this country is in, in fact the R party has sliid into what the D party of old once was. I respect the fact that Bentivolio is willing to take a stand for what he believes rather than just follow the herd mentality that caused the obamanation of 2008.
DCC August 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM
cookie, it is the Republicans' fault: the special primary is being held because more than one Republican elected to run. To add injury to insult, It will cost the towns having to run it $650,000. Dave Curson filed to run as the sole Democratic candidate in the 11th Congressional District special election. Dr. Syed Taj is the Democratic candidate for the new 11th. If the Republicans had gotten together and selected just one of their own to run in the special primary, the primary would not be necessary. However, once again demonstrating fiscal irresponsibility (the GOP insisted on the state funding its presidential primary instead of paying for it themselves by having a caucus), the MI GOP shows its penchant for power, whatever the cost. (Check out the shape of the new 11th and 14th congressional districts, as well as the carving up of Farmington and Farmington Hills by Brooks "I'm too cool for a seat belt" Patterson, Snyder, and GOP county commissioners for another example.) To Dave, who wrote "Because that would be called "Common Sense" which government lacks." - place the blame where it should be: it is not about "government", its about power, and the GOP's disregard of anything else.
DCC August 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM
BTW, the story as written remains incorrect. It reads: "Bentivolio also got Snyder's endorsement for the September special election. He will be running in the September special election to fill the seat resigned by Thaddeus McCotter in July. He will face fellow Republicans Cassis, Steve King, Kenneth Crider and Carolyn Cavanagh and Democrat David Curson." Not quite. As cookiepro2 pointed out, the September election is a primary, during which Republicans will choose one from the field of Republicans Cassis, Steve King, Kenneth Crider, KB, and Carolyn Cavanagh. Democrat David Curson is unopposed. Those living in the current 11th, (as opposed to the new GOP gerrymandered 11th), will choose between the GOP nominee selected from the September primary and Democrat David Curson. Hopefully the district will send a message to the power-hungry GOP candidates by sending David to finish serving the term abandoned by troubadour McCotter. Those living in the gerrymandered 11th who also live in the current 11th will have TWO election selections for congressional representation. Besides voting for David Curson, they can also vote for Dr. Syed Taj, a person who has demonstrated a willingness to make government work, not gum up the works. Dr. Syed Taj has demonstrated an ability to work across political divides, and would be a great emissary to represent the interests of those in the GOP gerrymandered (see http://www.tajforcongress.com/11th_District) 11th.
Herb Helzer August 16, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Traditionally, members of the House of Representatives needed to be mindful of his or her District and the State, while at the same time thinking of the National interests, particularly in those areas where that member has expertise. The Tea Party movement now has a record in Congress -- one that upends the traditional model. Nearly 90 Tea Party freshmen in the House have, all through 2011 and 2012, ignored their Districts' needs in favor of taking partisan stands and making grandiose statements about the very system they've willingly joined. They don't cooperate with their own party, let alone Democrats, and their ongoing intransigence has hurt the country and the reputation of Congress, from the debt-ceiling debacle, to the failure of the Super Committee, to the House's inability to pass a farm bill despite devastating droughts across the country. By all appearances, if elected Kerry Bentivolio would be another obstruction to getting anything done. Some commenters here applaud this ideology-driven approach, and are clearly expecting that Mr. Bentivolio will actively work against both parties. No wonder the Republican establishment worked so hard on the Cassis write-in effort.
Herb Helzer August 16, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I don't want to vote for Kerry, even though he is a combat veteran and apparently a good person, because of his positions. If I'm "abusive" of anyone, it's some of the people here. Sorry...it's often a target-rich environment.
Herb Helzer August 16, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I don't think I'm "smarter than Kerry," and I'm sure as heck not spouting any talking points from Nancy Cassis, L. Brooks Patterson or anyone else on that side. Still, it does matter that the Republican establishment was so opposed to Mr. Bentivolio that they wasted so much time and effort trying to beat him. Kerry's been endorsed by the GOP's Libertarian minority (Ron and Rand Paul), and his positions are completely Libertarian-Tea Party. Some of the commenters here want that, a candidate who promises to fight both parties and refuse to work within a "corrupt" system. That kind of upheaval is counterproductive, as we saw with the current 112th Congress -- which has a 10% aproval rating and is widely considered to be among the worst in U.S. history. Dr. Syed Taj wants to work with Congress, on both sides of the aisle, to do the Peoples' business and serve his constituents in the 11th District. Making the House grind to a halt to prove some partisan point is the LAST thing on his mind.
TaterSalad August 24, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Pete Hoekstra: https://www.facebook.com/petehoekstra Michigan's two liberal Senators that support everything that Barack Obama demands: Debbie Stabenow: a. https://www.facebook.com/ThanksalotDebbie b. https://www.facebook.com/DumpDebbieStabenow
TaterSalad August 24, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Debbie Stabenow wants to silence the First Amendment rights of citizens: http://www.wnd.com/2009/02/88113/
TaterSalad August 24, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Unions in Michigan are now canvassing citizens for signatures to give Unions extraordinary powers in the state related to collective bargaining and forced Union dues. Be very careful on what you sign. 1. Michigan Conservative Alliance: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michigan-Conservative-Alliance-MICA/135355703224881 2. Work Place Choice: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Workplacechoiceorg/164238930296532 3. National Right to Work: https://www.facebook.com/NationalRighttoWorkFoundation 4. Right to Work: https://www.facebook.com/NationalRightToWork 5. School Choice: https://www.facebook.com/schoolchoiceweek 6. Legalized Extortion: https://www.facebook.com/legalizedextortion 7. Socialism does not work: https://www.facebook.com/socialismdoesntwork
Paul Armstrong August 24, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Kerry Bentivolio's classroom behavior was reprimanded- http://www.freep.com/article/20120822/NEWS15/120822001/Graphic-How-Bentivolio-s-classroom-behavior-was-reprimanded
TaterSalad August 28, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Kerry is the man to bring fiscal sanity and responsible spending while reigning in the debt. He has got my vote this time around. New blood never hurts because these newbies want to do the right thing for us and are not complacent .
TaterSalad August 28, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Kerry for Congress: https://www.facebook.com/KerryBentivolio
Paul Armstrong August 28, 2012 at 09:20 PM
The Republican Party needs to be punished for what Thaddeus Mccotter has done for the past 10 years and the rest of the republican candidates for a special election costing tax payers $650,000. The last thing this district needs is someone like Kerry Bentivoli; Bankrupt businessman, student abusing failed/fired teacher, conspiracy theorist introvert. Kerry has proven that he cannot represent himself, by hiding from allegations leveled against him by the press. If Kerry cannot stand up for himself how is he going to stand up for the 11th district voters? The 11th has suffered at the hands of Thadd, I am so great I want to be president, do we really need Kerry, I don’t like to meet people but I want to represent them Bentivoli.
cookiepro2 August 28, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Thanks DCC for the explanation of where the fault for the special primary election lays! Also too bad McCotter left his term early leaving this mess. I take it nothing of importance is happening in the old 11th district now anyway, it's a lame duck all around, should have been left that way from November to December though I realize the constitution prohibits that. Yes, re the new 11th district. I am in it now and can't believe that I no longer share the same district with nearby cities BUT am in the new district with Milford and Canton Township, thirty miles away and in a different county, something peculiar about that.

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