(CNN) – Michigan Rep. Peter Hoekstra is launching a bid for governor, the Republican congressman announced Monday morning on a local radio show.
Hoekstra, 55, is seeking to succeed current Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat who is barred from running again because of term limits.
Speaking on WJR-AM's Paul Smith Show, the seven-term representative said he will file former paperwork later Monday afternoon.
The state went heavily Democratic in the 2008 presidential election, though Granholm's popularity has taken a hit amid the faltering auto industry and a surging unemployment rate.
Speaking about a potential gubernatorial bid Friday, Hoekstra said he hopes the Democratic candidates, namely Lt. Gov. John Cherry, run on the same policies as Granholm.
"I hope that John Cherry and the Democrats run on Jennifer Granholm's record," Hoekstra said. "The slogan's very simple on the other side: if nothing changes, nothing changes."
Early polling shows Hoekstra towards the top of the Republican field. L. Brooks Patterson, a local county executive, is on top with 22 percent, and Hoekstra comes in second with 15 percent, according to a recent Inside Michigan Politics poll. The poll was conducted from March 4-10 with 600 registered voters in Michigan and had a sampling error of plus or minus 5.7 percentage points
Yeah, our problems in Michigan are all because of our governor. Now, if we had a Republican governor such as Sanford in South Carolina, or Schwartzeneger in California, then Michigan would be a paradise.
When we had a Republican governor he didn't do a thing to diversify Michigan's job base because the auto industry was doing fine selling SUVs. I'm sure the Dutchman that wants to be our next governor will suggest tax cutting our way into new jobs and prosperity.
Good Luck. Granny holmes has destroyed Michigan.
Granholm may be inept, but who wants a GOP hack retread instead?
@ Matthew, Detroit:
Seriously? Granholm has been the governor of Michigan since the 1970's? Because that's when the state began to slide downhill, in case you weren't paying attention. Michigan's ENTIRE business model has been based for nearly 100 years on the auto industry. in the 50's & 60's, when GM, Ford and Chrysler employed 250,000+ people in the state (and add to that another 1/2 million supporting and parts jobs), Michigan was the ENVY of the country. And oh look, NOW auto industry is burning to the ground because of pi$$-poor management and strategy, and you want to blame the governor of a state who has held office for a little over six years?
Get real, pal. If you want to blame anyone for Michigan's woes, look no further than the bathroom mirror: the typical Michigan car buyer, who chose huge, gas-guzzling monster trucks and atrocious engineering, who parroted "BUY UNION!" as if it were a mantra to ward of evil, instead of demanding well-built, intelligent automobiles for the Big Three. You enabled them, they destroyed themselves, and the state with them.