Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is giving Democratic Representative Gary Peters a tough challenge in the race for the state’s open Senate seat. Though the latest polls show Republican Land down five points, she’s led Peters before, and she’s out-fundraised him by nearly $1 million. It’s an important race, especially given that Michigan hasn’t elected a Republican senator in two decades. Moreover, it’s possible a Land victory could give the GOP a 51st vote in the Senate.
A high-stakes run for the money has a way of making Democrats . . . well, run for the money. But in Peters’ case, the fundraising tactics have been more than a little hypocritical, as Nolan Finley, the Detroit News’ editorial page editor, points out in his latest column.
But, Finley writes, “Now we learn that Peters has his very own billionaire buddy, and one who makes no secret about his desire to elect politicians who will vote the way he tells them.”
That billionaire is Tom Steyer, who has promised to pour $100 million in the next election cycle—with the explicit goal of pushing climate issues and preventing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
In other words, Peters is slamming “out of state billionaires trying to determine our next Senator”—while taking political donations from an out-of-state billionaire trying to choose Michigan’s next Senator. Classic.
— Jillian Kay Melchior writes for National Review as a Thomas L. Rhodes Fellow for the Franklin Center.