March 25th, 2009
01:25 PM ET
13 years ago

Hoekstra to announce decision to run for governor on Monday

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Hoekstra will announce if he's running for governor on Monday."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Michigan Rep. Peter Hoekstra will announce his decision on whether to run for governor next week, the Republican said on a Detroit radio show Wednesday.

Hoekstra, who has already said he would retire from Congress at the end of his term in 2010, has been mulling a run for months to succeed the term-limited Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm. He told WJR that he'll make an announcement on Monday and that he will "spend a day doing it."

Hoekstra was vague on his actual intentions, but strongly suggested that he would run. When WJR radio host Frank Beckmann said he predicted that Hoekstra would run for governor, the Republican replied, "you might find yourself to be very, very right."

Although Michigan leans Democratic and voters in the state overwhelmingly picked Obama on Election Day, Hoekstra said he's confident that a Republican could win.

"In a blue state, how do you put together a coalition that enables you to be successful on Election Day?" Hoekstra said. "I think it's very possible to do."

Granholm's popularity has taken a hit in Michigan, a state where the faltering auto industry has led to the highest unemployment rate in the country. 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.

Filed under: 2010 • Jennifer Granholm
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Paul

    Seems like a prelude to a preidential run.

    March 25, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Time to Go !!!!

    Rep. Hoekstra will announce if he's running for governor on Monday.
    Retire Plz!!!!

    March 25, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. rand

    Another Republican who sees the writing on the wall and knows the Republicans are going to keep losing as long as they keep their same ideologies; but a run for Gov. as a Republican is not going to change his outcome because he will lose there too. He just does not get it.

    March 25, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Willy Brown

    After democrat rule and Unions killiing the state I am all for Republican "Change"!

    March 25, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Carl from MI

    I'm from Michigan... and I can tell you why this guy and every other Republican will lose in the race for Governor. It's because the only platform they run on is TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHY!! (Everyone remember Dick DeVos??? Tried to buy his way into the Governor's office?)

    Former Republican Gov. Engler gave away the state budget in tax breaks and other give-a-ways to Republican businesses... thus leaving a our state in the RED when Granholm took over and it still hasn't recovered. How convenient for Republicans to forget that little nugget of information.

    The auto industry is tanking due to OTHER reasons, not because Granholm is a Democratic Governor. Just like the auto industry isn't going to recover JUST because we put a Republican Governor in office.

    Get a grip, Republicans... you have been the problem for the last decade!!! Funny that now you call yourselves the solution to the problem that YOUR party caused... right!!! And I have some property in dah U.P. to sell you too!!

    Property for sale.... right here.... get it while it lasts.... special discount for Republicans....

    March 25, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Good Riddance

    At least he'll be out of Washington. If Michigan is dumb enough to elect him, they deserve whatever they get.

    March 25, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Spirit Of The Wild

    An even better choice to be Governor of Michigan – Ted Nugent.

    He is someone we need desperately in Mchigan. Forgot the caveman front he puts on, he is a true person for the people.

    March 25, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. Simmy

    Michigan, just say NO to the 'NO' man from Congress!

    March 25, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |