FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2011 file photo, Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Mich. speaks on Mackinac Island, Mich. Shortly after the newly elected Benishek arrived in Washington, staffers raised a b

 

              FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2011 file photo, Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Mich. speaks on Mackinac Island, Mich. Shortly after the newly elected Benishek arrived in Washington, staffers raised a b
FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2011 file photo, Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Mich. speaks on Mackinac Island, Mich. Shortly after the newly elected Benishek arrived in Washington, staffers raised a banner in his Capitol Hill suite that proclaimed: "If you are here to ask for more money, you're in the wrong office!" The message was fitting for a tea party favorite who had railed against federal spending and a “nanny-state mentality” during the 2010 campaign that led to Republican takeover of the House. But it was something new for his constituents in northern Michigan, a largely rural area where a spirit of self-reliance coexists with the reality that government _ popular or not _ is a crucial economic player. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)