Former U.S. Representative Mark Schauer is racking up the endorsements from fellow Democrats for the Democratic nomination for Governor, and he hasn’t even declared his candidacy yet. On Friday, he gained more from both his former colleagues in Congress and a potential rival, State Representative Vicki Barnett.
Friday afternoon, the Macomb Daily published a report from the Associated Press that all of Democratic members of Michigan’s congressional delegation had signed a letter endorsing Schauer.
The letter signed by Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow and U.S. Representatives John Conyers, John Dingell, Dan Kildee, Sander Levin, and Gary Peters said, “We support you and strongly encourage your candidacy for governor of our state, and we write to let you know we will be proud to support you.”
Schauer had served with all but one of Michigan’s current Senators and Representatives when he represented Michigan’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes most of Washtenaw County outside of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and the immediate adjacent parts of the eastern portion of the county. The exception was Dan Kildee. Schauer served with Kildee’s uncle, Dale Kildee.
Earlier that morning, Crain’s Detroit Business political reporter tweeted that Barnett, who represents Farmington Hills and had been considering running for Governor herself, called former U.S. Representative Mark Schauer to encourage him to run for Governor and pledged her support.
A comment at Michigan Liberal quoted what Barnett announced to her friends on Facebook what she said in her call.
“Last night I called my friend, Mark S[c]hauer, to discuss the problems facing Michigan and the heartless policies of the current administration that are leaving so many of our citizens behind. I am convinced that Mark is person who will be able to best guide us to victory in 2014, so I asked him to step forward and run for governor. He shares the values we hold dear and I will be honored to support him.”
The Detroit Free Press confirmed the Facebook post and interviewed Barnett. The Free Press wrote that Barnett said the party needs to unite behind Schauer and quoted her reason why. “We want the same thing, because the right-wing Republican agenda is leaving too many Michigan citizens behind.”
These endorsements follow on the heels of the announcements of State Board of Education President John Austin and former U.S. Representative Bart Stupak, who endorsed Schauer on consecutive days earlier this month.
Although neither Schauer nor Governor Snyder have officially declared their candidacies, that hasn’t stopped the pollsters. An Epic-MRA poll conducted earlier this week had Schauer ahead of Snyder by one point, 39% to 38%, as reported by the Detroit Free Press.
The Free Press also reported that Schauer was expected to announce his decision as soon as next week.