Stabenow courted by ‘5 or 6’ prez hopefuls, Schauer gets Trump impeachment gig

By: - March 17, 2019 1:04 pm

Debbie Stabenow at her Washington, D.C., office | Robin Bravender

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) is a popular person ahead of 2020 and former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Battle Creek) may be the first lobbyist registered dedicated to impeaching President Trump.

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It’s all in the Advance‘s periodic roundup of Michigan in the national news.

Stabenow, Michigan’s senior senator who just won a third term last year, told Politico this week that she’s “already heard from five or six presidential hopefuls in total,” as the Mitten is emerging as a key state in 2020.

“I’ve had a couple colleagues ask me to walk them through what’s happening with the auto industry and what’s happening for workers and communities,” Stabenow said.

They include U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), as well as Montana Gov. Steve Bullock. Stabenow told Politico she’s not inclined to endorse anyone, but hasn’t made up her mind.

The Upper Midwest was decisive for now-President Donald Trump in 2016. Other Democratic senators receiving attention are Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. Now that U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has nixed a presidential run of his own, he’s expected to be heavily courted by contenders, as well.

Baldwin and Stabenow, who both won in 2018, said that natural resources and the Great Lakes are key issues for their voters next year.

As the Advance has reported, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a fellow Democrat, also is primed to play a big role in 2020. She’s scheduled to appear with Gillibrand at events Monday in Oakland County and national writers keep whispering her name for vice president.

Politico also reports:

Gillibrand’s campaign specifically requested MSNBC hold her town hall in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, which Democratic Rep. Haley Stevens flipped last year, according to an aide. The New York senator’s PAC donated to Stevens during her primary campaign. Gillibrand has already spoken to Stabenow for advice and plans to speak to fellow Michigan Sen. Gary Peters soon.

Former U.S. Rep Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) is reportedly planning a Michigan stop this week. And Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in Grand Rapids on March 28, as the Advance reported.

Steyer taps Schauer

U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, who spent one term on Capitol Hill, is back. Politico reports that he’s been hired as the first lobbyist of Need to Impeach, a superPAC started by billionaire Tom Steyer, a big Democratic donor.

Mark Schauer

Schauer’s disclosure form says that he will lobby on “Impeachment of the current President.” Schauer “may the be only lobbyist” for Trump’s impeachment, according to Politico’s review of filings. Neither Schauer nor the group commented to Politico for its story.

He is a Democratic former member of the Michigan House and Senate who knocked off U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Tipton) in 2008, but lost a rematch in 2010. Walberg is still in office representing the 7th District in south-central Michigan.

Schauer went on to unsuccessfully challenge then-Gov. Rick Snyder in 2014. He then served as director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee’s “Advantage 2020” redistricting project.

The Democrat has since moved to the Kalamazoo area, which is in the 6th District held by the Dean of Michigan’s congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph). Schauer has been mentioned as a potential 2020 candidate, particularly if Upton were to retire.

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.