Hoekstra, a former Holland furniture company executive who represented the Michigan 2nd District in Congress from 1993 to this past January, announced last week that he will seek the Republican nomination to run against U.S. Sen. Stabenow, D-Mich., in 2012.
“There was no doubt in my mind that my background and proven record prepared me for the campaign and to serve as a U.S. senator — however, that has changed,” McCulloch said at the press conference in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Township. “Pete Hoekstra’s decision to run means that we Republicans now have a candidate who has run statewide and has the high-name identification that will allow him to raise the money that will be needed to beat Debbie Stabenow.”
McCulloch said the other reason he sought the Senate seat was his belief that “Stabenow has been a part of the problem, not a part of the solution” in creating jobs.
“Her tax-and-spend philosophy is completely different than mine,” he said.
McCulloch also urged Randy Hekman, Rob Steele, Clark Durant and any other Republican candidate or potential candidates for Stabenow’s Senate seat to also withdraw and endorse Hoekstra. McCulloch said he would campaign “tirelessly” for Hoekstra.