Schauer (Detroit News file photo)
Michigan Democrats received some crippling news Monday night when it was reported by the MIRS subscription news service that United Auto Workers President Bob King personally met with Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer to ask her to reconsider running against Mark Schauer in the Democratic primary.
This undermining by King is a huge blow to the Schauer campaign, which received the endorsements of the UAW only this week.
Schauer, down in the most recent poll by 12 points, has struggled to gain momentum and widely been considered an unknown and underwhelming pick to challenge Gov. Rick Snyder.
Just this past week, Schauer’s campaign announced that it would be taking up to $990,000 in public funds for the Democratic primary.
This move left many scratching their heads, considering no other opponents appear to be running against Schauer.
This is undoubtedly a sign of Schauer’s inability to raise the funds needed to challenge Gov. Rick Snyder, likely inspired by the Democrats’ insipid feelings about their own candidate.
Not only are Democrats unimpressed with Mark Schauer, political observers are as well.
Case in point: Political scientist Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball just moved the Michigan gubernatorial race from toss-up to leans Republican.
While a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Schauer voted to pass the Affordable Care Act, a law that has led to at least 225,000 Michiganians having their insurance plans canceled.
Since announcing his candidacy, he has had difficulty separating himself from the backlash of that vote as bad news mounts daily and polls continue to skew in the wrong direction for Democrats.
A recent Investor’s Business Daily poll showed that not only do 55 percent of the public oppose Obamacare, 1 in 5 Democrats now oppose Obamacare as well, a record high.
To make matters worse, a recent Gallup poll showed that nearly half of Americans say the Affordable Care Act will make the health care situation in the U.S. worse in the long run.
Mark Schauer is the latest in the recent line of unelectable candidates for the Michigan Democrats.
Not only is he not fit to be the next governor, prominent Democrats don’t even believe that he is the best candidate to represent their party.
Brandon Helderop is a millennial
from Metro Detroit
who is passionate about politics.