SW Michigan
2:10 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Upton not in, or out, of US Senate race

Congressman Fred Upton
Credit WMUK

West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton (R-Saint Joseph) isn’t ruling out a run for U.S. Senate next year. He isn’t ruling it in, either. With Democrat Carl Levin’s decision to retire next year, Upton says Republicans have a chance to take that seat in 2014.

As Upton put it in an interview with WMUK, his party has a "deep bench" of potential candidates. They include four House committee chairs. Upton heads the influential Energy and Commerce Committee. The others are Mike Rogers of Howell, Dave Camp of Midland, and Candice Miller of Harrison Township. But he also says candidates have to "sequester themselves in a phone booth" raise up to $15 million needed for a successful campaign.

While Upton says a Senate run is “intriguing”, he adds that he’s happy where he is: in the House.