January 4, 2005

REV IT UP (via Dave W):

Pastor considers Senate run: Church founder and GOP-backer the Rev. Keith Butler sets sights on Stabenow's seat. (George Weeks, 1/02/04, The Detroit News)

The Rev. Keith A. Butler, a former Detroit councilman who has helped Republican candidates for governor and president, is considering running against first-term U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2006.

Butler, founding pastor of the Southfield-based Word of Faith International Christian Center Church, received a standing ovation at the conclusion of a New Year's Eve service upon informing his congregation that he is forming an exploratory committee for a possible challenge of Stabenow.

"She is indeed vulnerable," Butler, 49, said in an interview. "Ask 100 people to name what she has done. They can't say what she brings to the table. Our state needs more assistance from Washington."

Michigan is one of as many as ten tough holds for the Democrats in '06--a black Republican clergyman from Detroit would appear formidable.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 4, 2005 9:58 AM

It would be a poor move. The Detroit Metro area is the most segregated in America, and race relations are still stuck in a 1960s model. No small percentage of Michigan Republicans are Archie Bunker types who switched parties once the Johnson Administration pushed through the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Keep in mind that Wallace won the 1972 Democratic primary in Michigan. Butler would have a messy primary, and a nasty general with a high likelihood of a Buchananite 3d Party challenge.

Posted by: Bart at January 4, 2005 5:01 PM

What if W comes to town to campaign for Butler?

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 4, 2005 5:58 PM

Didn't Bush lose Michigan twice?

Posted by: Bart at January 4, 2005 6:14 PM

what Bart said about the Metro area is dead on... No matter what the color of skin or content of character of the GOP oppononent, Conyers will fire up the Detroit Machine and get the Inner City Detroit voters to line up like sheep for Stabenow. The Union workers will do the same, and the women will line up for her just because she's a woman. Since she's a Senator and not a President, and appeared an enough photo ops to make it look like she supports the war on terrorism, she blunts the only GOP advantage. Stabenow has that seat for as long as she wants it. Governor Barbie will coast to victory for similar reasons. Michigan is as Blue as New York, New Jersey and California.

Please God let me be wrong.

Posted by: MarkD at January 4, 2005 7:14 PM

I think it would be great for Bishop Keith Butler to run again Debbie Stabenow. Michigan is thirsty for solid and ethical leadership. Michigan's economic competitiveness and social development is one of the worst in the country. Each year thousands and thousands of recent college graduates and young educated adults relocate to states elsewhere... a strong Godly leader as Keith Butler is just what Michigan needs. I wish him many prayers and much success!

Posted by: Zi at January 6, 2005 10:27 AM