Gubernatorial Maneuvering Part One: Kildee Out

In an e-mail to supporters, Kildee said the fight against the policies put forth by Republican President Donald Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress are too important to give up his current job. He reached the decision to seek reelection to Congress after last week's vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and push back reforms on the banking industry.

"Undoubtedly, we know that there will be more reckless policies pushed by this new administration. These big battles — over health care, tax reform, protecting the Great Lakes — are going to happen in Congress," he said in the e-mail. "As a Representative, I am on the front lines representing our state's interests in these fights."

Kildee added that he can make the biggest impact by staying in Congress. "I feel a sense of duty to fight back."

Source: Detroit Free Press

Congressman Dan Kildee’s decision to remain in the House to fight Republicans over health care undoubtedly disappoints some Michigan Democrats. The Representative from Flint fought to keep his city’s water crisis on the nation’s mind, and his local blue collar roots and local popularity would have made him formidable in a state that went Republican for President for the first time in twenty-eight years. Democrats still have a high profile candidate in State Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer and a plethora of businessmen also in the race, but considering Republican gains with blue collar voters in the Wolverine state, Kildee would have definitely boosted their confidence in the 2018 Gubernatorial cycle. Democrats have yet to field a candidate in neighboring Wisconsin, and are underdogs in Iowa and Ohio.