Election fallout stemming from the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Trump has been developing for some time, even before they are put on record supporting it later this week. Some sitting members of Congress are becoming more vulnerable by supporting the attack on the President, including Elissa Slotkin in Michigan’s 8th district. She was met with boos when she declared her support for impeachment despite running as a “moderate” Democrat in 2018.
One Republican running for the opportunity to take her down in the general election has emerged as the constitutional conservative in the race. We caught up with Mike Detmer to see how he reacted to questions important to voters in the swing district that was firmly held by Republicans until the last midterms. After winning by 16 points in 2016, Republican incumbent Mike Bishop lost to Slotkin by a narrow margin in 2018.
Flipping the seat back to red is a high-priority for the GOP as they look for opportunities to regain control of the House of Representatives. MI-8 is going to be a high-profile race. We asked Detmer about his plans to flip the seat and what he’ll do if he wins.
Why do you believe MI-8 turned blue and how do you plan on turning it red again?
“There was a combination of factors that played into the 8th and other districts turning ‘blue.’ Lower Republican turnout and higher Democrat turnout was the biggest factor. Midterm elections usually see lower voter turnout than in Presidential elections. However, there was certainly a spike of voters who turned out to vote for Proposition 1 which was the legalization of pot. A great deal of those voters broke for Democrats.
“We also saw Democrat candidates running on a ‘moderate’ platform in various districts including the 8th backed by massive out-of-state money.
“Without throwing the baby out with the bathwater, we will be bringing our ‘A Game’ and not taking any voters for granted. We will certainly be highlighting the stark differences between Elissa Slotkin and myself. I am a Constitutional Conservative and she is certainly no ‘moderate.’ The people of the 8th District want ideas, action, results, accountability and accessibility. I’ll give them all of that and more!”
What is your most important qualification for (1) wining the seat, and (2) legislating in DC?
“I think there are several. First, I get it. My family is like most in the 8th and across Michigan. My wife and I work hard and face the same daily struggles to provide for our family and try to get ahead.
“Second, I’m a fighter. I don’t back down from what I know is right and I’m not intimidated by bullies.
“Third, I understand the disconnect between voters and politicians. It’s all about understanding that the voters are the EMPLOYER! They are the boss. Elected officials answer to them, not the other way around. That’s why my campaign is centered around accountability and accessibility.
“Lastly, I’ve spent over 25 years in private sector business. I understand that you agree where you can, disagree where you must and build on what you have as long as it doesn’t conflict with the will of the People, the Constitution or Conservative principles. That’s how you get the work of the people accomplished.”
If elected, what would be your top priorities in your first six months on Capitol Hill?
“My top priorities will be those of the people in the 8th district. Focusing on the Economy, Healthcare, Veterans, National Security, defending the Second Amendment and protecting the unborn are all on the list. We will be rolling out my ‘Contract with Michigan’ very soon that will prioritize my approach in Washington and will allow voters front row seats to what their Representative is doing on a daily, weekly and monthly basis to get their priorities done and will also be a way for them to hold me accountable for it.”
Will voters in Michigan’s 8th district go with the far-left progressive who pretended to be a moderate to get their votes in 2018, or will the go with an unabashed constitutional conservative? Mike Detmer seems ready to answer that question.
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