Bachmann becomes a factor in MI Senate race

Michele Bachmann endorsed Michigan Republican Pete Hoekstra in the contest to unseat U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow last week, setting off a pair of dueling fundraising emails in the state invoking the Minnesota congresswoman and presidential candidate.

According to the Grand Rapids Press, her endorsement was the feature of a Hoekstra email blast on Friday, the same day Stabenow sent out her own fundraising pitch to supporters warning them of the Bachmann endorsement.

The note read, in part:

“Michele Bachmann wants to be the President, and she wants people like Pete Hoekstra at her side in the Senate. Today, she endorsed him in his campaign to defeat Debbie Stabenow.

In case you missed it, here’s Michele Bachmann’s “jobs package”:

“if we took away the minimum wage — if conceivably it was gone — we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.”

At whatever level!

If you think that sounds like a good plan for Michigan’s economy… well, now you know who Michele Bachmann thinks you should vote for.

Hoekstra is a huge favorite in Michigan’s U.S. Senate Republican primary race. Bachmann is just the latest high-profile national Republican to support Hoekstra: his website touts recent endorsements from Iowa Rep. Steve King, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey.

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com.

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