(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
Democrats and their support of Unions have been a disaster for Michigan. Time for real change.
Obviously Michigan is a democratic state. Mr. Hoekstra must have not the memo.
This guy is a joke,he even looks like Cheney.Where are they building these robots?
He is right about one thing: if nothing changes( only tax cuts for the rich/ no abortions/no gay rights/continue with big oil as your energy plan/ health care that is for profit) nothing changes. Michigan you are too smart to allow this guy to represent you. Go with a Democrat they have shown they are for the people.
Hey everyone, Look!
He is making the new secret hand sign of the GOP with his right hand.
The party of ZERO ideas and ZERO credibility!
So Obama now wants to run America's businesses. I see the market loves this by tanking another 200+, which will create more crisis and "need for government intervention". Meanwhile we are getting hosed and the country slips further into socialism.
America needs good people to stand up to Obama and the radical Dems quickly before they further destroy the country.
I think that the Republicans should draft Rick Wagner as their nominee for Gov of Michigan...........This is a Republican with lots of EXECUTIVE EXPERIECE(as Palin had), and a significant background as to what Not to do. He also is great a health care and union issues.
Good luck to any Republican who thinks that they could win Michigan. Especially with Republicans lack of solutions with the auto industry and their hatred of unions.
Careful now. Obama's already started firing CEO's in Michigan. Before too long he's gonna get even hungrier for power and start firing government officials whom he feels 'aren't helping him'.
Looks like the line between president and dictator is starting to be come a little fuzzier.
Republican will Never win in Michigan!!! Not unless he backs 1 payer national health care, jobs that stay in America and free excellent public education!!! (wind and solar over big oil)!
And the Republicans are experts on "when nothing changes nothing changes"! I wonder if this idiot actually believes he can win based on the record of the Republican party! Like Spongebob Squarepants says........Well..................Good luck with that!
As screwed up as Michigan is as a result of Democratic mismanagement, I think this could be an easy pick up for the GOP.
With the long line of crooks emerging from the Democratic party, I think he has a good chance. Do you ever notice who ever is in power, their criminal side starts coming out? I am still waiting for Pelosi to talk about the democrats culture of coruption. Good luck with that.
Thank God for term limits.
he will have to explain why he voted against the stimulus package in order to put so many michigans on the street.
Please NO MORE RETHUGLICANS! Haven't you guys ruined our country enough???
Why wouldn't he run? His vote in the House is impotent.
i guess Hoeskstra will run on the republican slogan of "Even if things change, don't change, never, nope".
Always voted Democrat here in Michigan but will vote Republican next time. The Democrats are all for spending money that we don't have.
i think your dreaming my friend. that is democratic state and that will never change at this time
You are so right--–nothing changes if nothing changes....
And if the GOP wins, nothing changes, either. Don't understand why the GOP hasn't learned their lesson yet. You don't run a campaign on what the other guy has or hasn't done, you run a campaign on what YOU intend to do and why that is good. Of course, you have to actually have a message other than the typical GOP talking points.
As a moderate, I tend to vote across ticket lines all the time, but for the last 10-15 years, hardly ever on the GOP side. All they seem to run on is tearing down the other candidates. Elizabeth Dole's campaign last fall was a perfect example. She took a major hit for running on her opponents' lack of Christian faith. Duh. It was obviously the wrong move, even members of her campaign committee were opposed, but she did it anyway, and lost big time. It is perhaps what set apart President Obama's campaign the most. No negative hits on the opponents, a positive attitude, and a desire to bring together people of all religions, ethnicity, and political leanings.
It worked, GOP, in case you haven't noticed.
Hoekstra is a vast improvement over the incompetent Granholm.
term limits for ALL government officials! Vote out Sen. Byrd!
It will be interesting to see if the anti-union GOP will be able to attract the Michigan voters to Hoekstra.