Brian Walsh

Today marks exactly three weeks until Election Day, and the political playing field continues to shift towards Republicans. 

One of the seats that we’ve been keeping an eye and has continued to develop this cycle is Michigan’s First Congressional District.  As more and more news surfaces on Democrat Gary McDowell, voters have been painted a disturbing picture.  Aside from McDowell’s disastrous record on raising taxes – including a $1.3 billion tax hike on Michiganders – he recently explained his thoughts on healthcare, which are suprisingly to the left of President Obama and Nancy Pelosi.  If you thought ObamaCare was overbearing, McDowell suggests several ideas for cutting costs – including banning procedures using “real expensive gadgets” for those nearing the end of life and moving to a Canadian-style system – that would take the government’s takeover of healthcare even further.

In stark contrast stands Republican candidate Dan Benishek.  On all issues, Dr. Benishek presents a rational, conservative alternative to McDowell and is been running an aggressive campaign to provide the representation voters deserve.  Be sure to keep an eye on this race and find out how you can help the campaign by joining the Benishek Brigade.

Original Post: 8/19/2010

Few congressional districts can claim to have two peninsulas within their limits, but Michigan’s First, where we turn today, is among those few. This large district contains Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, known as the UP and several counties on the Lower Peninsula. Geographically, the district makes up roughly half of Michigan and the district borders three great lakes: Huron, Superior, and Michigan. Historically, the district had its roots in mining, and the area’s biggest population boom came from the discovery of ore.

The district has been represented by the formerly pro-life Democrat Bart Stupak since 1992. After quite a memorable flip-flop on Obamacare, in the midst of an election year in which the environment is unfavorable for Democrats who stand with Pelosi and Obama, Stupak has decided not to seek re-election.

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh is the Political Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee.