Hoekstra picks up tea party endorsements
September 2nd, 2011
03:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Hoekstra picks up tea party endorsements

Washington (CNN) - Former Michigan Rep. Pete Hoekstra's campaign for the U.S Senate picked up endorsements today from Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania).

The three tea party politicians announced their support for Hoekstra at a Friday event in Holland, Mich.

"Pete Hoekstra and I stood side by side as we reformed welfare, fought government spending, balanced the budget, and implemented pro-growth tax policies," said Kasich. "I am proud to support him and know that he will make an excellent United States Senator."

Hoekstra, a former nine-term congressman from Michigan, is challenging the two-term incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, in the 2012 Senate race.

Michigan Republicans are coming off strong 2010 midterm elections where they took back the governors mansions and two U.S. House seats.

"Pete Hoekstra and I served together in Congress and he was one of my best pro-growth allies," said Toomey. "We need him in the United States Senate so that we can fight together to cut government spending and reduce the debt."

After initially declining to run, Hoekstra announced on July 20 that he would challenge Stabenow.

Democrats currently hold a 53 to 47 seat majority in the Senate, but will be defending 23 seats in the upcoming election, compared with Republicans, who will defend 10 seats.


Filed under: 2012 • Peter Hoekstra • Senate
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Jaywing

    Run Pete run - run far away, because a teabagger endorsement of any kind is going to be the kiss-o-death come election day 2012.

    September 2, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Another bites the dust!
    And another one's gone, And another one's gone.
    Another one bites the dust!

    September 2, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. diridi

    Another big fat rich thug of Tea Party....??????????????????????

    September 2, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Being from MI, I can tell you that Pete Hoekstra is an extremist and an opportunist. He voted against the president's programs for manufacturing expansion, to go along with his party's agenda of putting politics over the good of the people. Then after the bill passed without their support, Hoekstra shows up at the groundbreaking of a new manufacturing plant and tries to take credit for it. Too bad the voters and taxpayers of MI weren't paying attention to his partisan backstabbing of them, or they would have ran him out of town that day.

    September 2, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Pro-Growth. isn't that the same as anit-labor? Of course as all of these Republicans are banking on the fact that their constituents are going to forget how they have messed up the US Credit rating and their state budgets, do they really think that having the people who caused this financial fiasco endorsing someone will help that person's election? Maybe if the voters are kept uninformed and the various state Republican parties get laws passed removing the voting rights from anyone with a high-school diploma and/or an IQ over 80.

    September 2, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    He's got the Huey, Dewey, and Louie of the whack-fringe element. Ought to go down real well with all the people who actually earn their pay in Michigan.

    September 2, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Geo

    The Tea Party isn't real popular. Didn't gain too much from that endorsement. More Americans probably believe the Tea Party is anti-American, even traitors, and a hate group than think positively of them.

    September 2, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. MTATL67

    The Tea party is nothing more than a group of extremist and fiscal terrorist whose agenda is similar to McCarthyism that gripped this country. I contact my Senators office about twice a week and I always end advising him to stay away from this unpatriotic, un-American extremist. This group would promote put a lot of us into camps if they thought they could get away with it.

    September 2, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Positive

    TheTea Party people have already ruined the bit of economic recovery we had going. Please do not vote for ANYONE they support!

    September 2, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) endorsed him WOW

    His approval rating lower than ever

    September 2, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Just what another loser needs. A bunch of teabagging fools supporting you. Right now I would think this is the kiss of death.
    The teatards have already demonstrated that they don't want big government unless it's to help their state and that they would rather see the country go down in flames to prove whatever it is their point is!

    September 2, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |