House race gets crowded
By Dan Meisler
DAILY PRESS & ARGUS
The cast of characters seeking to represent Livingston County and the rest of Michigan's 8th District in Congress is getting larger, and more interesting.
Already in the race are a three-term, rising-star Republican incumbent; a church business manager and GOP primary challenger who argues the incumbent is too moderate; and a Republican-turned-Democrat former CIA officer.
Now joining the field is a transsexual, left-wing, college professor poet.
Democrat Eric Crosley of Lansing, a part-time professor at Jackson Community College's Adrian campus, plans to challenge fellow Democrat James Marcinkowski, the ex-CIA officer, in the August primary
With Crosley's candidacy, the democrats now have a primary of their own. Primaries sometimes hurt, but sometimes help candidates as well, depending if they are positive and issues based (as the US Senate primary is so far), or negative personal attacks.
I don't think either Crosley or Marcinkowski are strong candidates against Mike Rogers. From what I've seen, Jim Marcinkowski is nothing more than a better funded Frank McAlpine in personality (and that takes work). That's not mentioning the overcoaching he has on issues - as shown when he laid an egg in his interview with the Booman tribune blog.
Crosley's biggest weakness is that he's a transsexual. Is the 8th district going to vote for one? I doubt it.