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LANSING – Congressman Mike Rogers is taking some heat from his own party in the 8th District’s three-way Republican primary. In a July 15th Livingston Daily article, Rogers’ primary challengers, Brian Hetrick and Vernon Molnar, claimed that Rogers was out of touch with his constituents.
Hetrick, a Brighton resident and GM engineer, said he expected more “personal attention to the district” from Rogers, who he said had taken undue credit in the killing of Osama Bin Laden, while losing sight of issues important to the district.
Molnar, who owns a road-maintenance contracting firm in Holly, said that it was time to elect someone who “thinks outside the box” and hadn’t been “corrupted by the system.” Both agreed that the district’s Congressional seat should be held by someone who was more responsive to the needs of the district, with Hetrick adding that he would “hold town halls.“
Lance Enderle, the Democratic candidate for the 8th District Congressional seat, said Hetrick and Molnar’s comments were indicative of a deeper discontent within the district.
“The people of this district need a representative that will listen to them,” Enderle said. “The moment he took office, Mike Rogers cut all his ties to the district. He hasn’t been working for us. He’s been doing the bidding of his corporate sponsors and the GOP leadership in Washington – and more often than not, that conflicts with the best interests of his constituents.
“I’ve been saying this for two years: Mike takes you for granted. He didn’t even have the decency to debate this district’s issues with me last election, and he’s showing his own party the same amount of derision this time around. This election will be decided based on which candidate truly cares about the people of this district,” Enderle cited.
Enderle believes he has a good case for being that candidate.
“My first priority when elected will be to change the culture of this job. We need to make this office accessible to the public again. Unlike Mike, I will spend every possible day I can here in the district, meeting with you and listening to your issues. Unlike Mike, I will return as many constituent phone calls as I can myself. And unlike Mike, I will have designated office hours every month, either Fridays or Saturdays, when I will meet with constituents at the district office,” Enderle stated.
“When it comes to accessibility, my campaign is walking the walk, and not just talking the talk. I return all constituent phone calls myself. I host a forum on Reddit.com every Monday night. And there are at least 15,000 people in the district who have my personal phone number right now. This won’t change when I take office.”