Former Michigan Republican Rep. Mike Rogers’ Senate campaign is announcing 24 new endorsements from sheriffs across the state to add to the many he had already received. Rogers is an Army veteran and a former FBI special agent.
He also served as the chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence during his stint in the House of Representatives.
He is running to take over the seat being vacated by Debbie Stabenow. He is favored to win the Republican nod in next year’s Republican primary.
The sheriffs said in a joint statement:
“From his experience taking down criminals with the FBI to supporting the men and women in blue while radicals tried to defund the police, Mike Rogers has always been a friend of law enforcement. We have no doubt that Mike will continue to be a vital partner in Washington, helping to secure our southern border and bring the resources law enforcement needs to keep Michigan communities safe.”
Car jackings. Senseless murders. Smash-and-grab burglaries. Home break ins.
With the endorsement of Law Enforcement all over the state, the momentum is on our side to stop the violence.
— Mike Rogers (@MikeRogersForMI) November 25, 2023
Rogers’ primary opponents include Peter Meijer. Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig is also in the running, while Rep. Elissa Slotkin is the clear frontrunner in the Democratic primary. Peter Meijer is the former congressman who was voted out of office for being a RINO who voted to impeach President Trump. A poll released in the middle of November showed Slotkin with a 39 to 37 point lead over Rogers, well within the margin of error after previously besting him by 6 points.
The sheriffs who endorsed Rogers include Kyle Rosa of Benzie County, Timothy C. Cook of Cheboygan County, John Wilson of Clare County, Sean Dush of Clinton County, Michael Shea of Gladwin County, Charlie Noll of Ionia County, Michael Main of Isabella County, Gary Schuette of Jackson County, Patrick Whiteford of Kalkaska County, Scott McKenna of Lapeer County, Mike Borkovich of Leelanau County and Troy Bevier of Lenawee County.
Michigan is home to eight of the country’s 50 most deadliest cities, the campaign noted alongside the announced endorsements. Detroit has been ranked as one of the most dangerous cities for decades, and has had one of the country’s highest violent crime rates, according to FBI data.
Sheriffs Mike Murphy of Livingston County, Edward Wilk of Mackinac County, Kim Cole of Mason County, Brian Miller of Mecosta County, Myron Greene of Midland County, Bob Mendham of Newaygo County, Craig Mast of Oceana County, Steve Kempker of Ottawa County, Ed Stern of Roscommon County, Mat King of St. Clair County, Doug Chapman of Shiawassee County and Daniel Abbott of Van Buren County also backed Rogers.
“We fully endorse Mike Rogers for the U.S. Senate and look forward to working with him as Michigan’s next U.S. Senator,” the sheriffs added.
The three top issues in the country are the economy, illegal immigration, and crime. Democrats are not known for their friendship with the police and several cities have practically declared war on law enforcement, including the defunding of the police. They are also not known for successful economic policies or for securing the border against illegal aliens. This may very well usher in a new day in Michigan and would be an important pick up for the GOP who want to take over the Senate.