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ICYMI: Detroit Free Press Editorial Board Slams Mike Rogers As 'Unfit to Serve'

Government and Politics

June 10, 2024


Detroit Free Press: “Rogers’ transactional approach to politics, his ideological inconsistency and obeisance to former President Donald Trump render him a poor fit for this Senate seat.”

LANSING — This morning, the Detroit Free Press Editorial Board slammed Mike Rogers,  calling him “unfit to serve.” Rogers’ “transactional approach to politics, his ideological inconsistency and obeisance to former President Donald Trump render him a poor fit for this Senate seat.”

The Free Press Editorial Board also highlighted the caustic infighting in the primary with Pensler “regurgitat[ing]… negative ads aimed at Rogers” and Amash bashing Rogers’ lack of support among Republicans.

On top of that, Rogers’ “plans for the future aren’t particularly well-considered” and he has “squander[ed] whatever bipartisan bona fides he once claimed.” 

Read the Detroit Free Press Editorial Board on why they’re “not endorsing Rogers:”

Detroit Free Press [EDITORIAL]: Michigan GOP voters: …[Do] not [choose] Mike Rogers in Aug. 6 primary 

  • But Rogers’ transactional approach to politics, his ideological inconsistency and obeisance to former President Donald Trump render him a poor fit for this Senate seat. 
  • But Rogers performed an abrupt about face earlier this year, granting his imprimatur to the former president after Trump’s efforts to discredit or overturn the results of the 2020 election, a maneuver contingent on disqualifying votes in the state of Michigan, specifically, the city of Detroit; after Trump’s diligent and continual efforts undermined confidence in the American electoral system; after the attempted Jan. 6 insurrection — hardly a profile in courage, and squandering whatever bipartisan bona fides he once claimed,
  • That alone would render Rogers unfit to serve.   
  • In an interview with the Detroit Free Press Editorial Board, Rogers declined to explain his endorsement of the former president. When asked if he believes President Joe Biden won the 2020 election, Rogers didn’t answer. When asked again, he replied: “Having an argument about is or isn’t the guy who has been president for four years — my argument is it’s been pretty much a disaster.” When asked about the attempted disenfranchisement of Detroit voters, and whether he’d defend Detroiters’ voting rights in a future election, Rogers said he preferred to look forward, not back.   
  • That’s not as compelling a direction as the congressman believes, because his plans for the future aren’t particularly well-considered.    
  • But [Rogers] also presented cockamamie ideas like requiring recent college graduates, in exchange for student debt relief, to tutor illiterate people incarcerated at Michigan’s far-flung prisons — and seemed to recommend barring the release of such inmates until they learn to read. 
  • In short, we detected little consistency among Rogers’ political positions — but had no trouble concluding that the former congressman has learned all too well how to read the political room, a transactional approach to ideology… 
  • But in a U.S. Senator, we’re looking for principles.   
  • As he campaigns, Amash said, he encounters few Michigan Republicans who support Rogers outside of his party affiliation or his relationship with Trump. “I’m just going to, you know, wipe the floor with him.”