Race for fourth congressional seat heats up - WNEM TV 5

Race for fourth congressional seat heats up

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A war of words is heating up in the battle for Dave Camp's seat in Congress.

With less than a month until the August primary, three Republican hopefuls are pulling out all the stops to become their party's candidate for Michigan's 4th District in the November election.

State Senator John Moolenaar is crying foul against what he said are false and misleading attacks by his opponent Paul Mitchell.

"It's very disappointing that Paul Mitchell would take the campaign right into the dirt," he said.

Moolenaar said he's out to set the record straight. Moolenaar is campaigning against fellow Republicans Mitchell and Peter Konetchy. All three are vying for a spot in Congress, trying to secure their party's nomination for Camp's vacant fourth district seat.

Moolenaar held a press conference in Frankenmuth on Monday in an effort to defend his voting record against what he calls misleading attacks by the Mitchell campaign.

"Anyone who's been paying attention knows that in Michigan we've been working to return our state to greatness. We've been helping to turn our economy around. And I've been the leader in fighting against the expansion of Obamacare here," Moolenaar said.

State Attorney General Bill Schuette, State Senate candidate Ken Horn, and Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard were all on hand. Moolenaar also has the endorsement of Dave Camp along with another conservative organization.

"The Tea Party Express, not known to be a liberal group, has come and said that I helped lead the fight against Obamacare in Michigan," Moolenaar said.

Meanwhile Mitchell said he's standing behind those attack ads.

"We cite specific references on both Obamacare as well as the 160 tax and fee increases the senator voted for, they're listed. The dates, the bill, and the senator needs to address those rather than just throw up their smokescreen," Mitchell said.

Moolenaar addressed the accusations in Mitchell's commercial.

"One of the votes they consider to be a tax increase was a vote to allow Oakland County to have a liquor license to have the Ryder Cup. Which brought people from all over the world to Oakland County," Moolenaar said.

As the war of words heats up, the voters have two weeks to decide who they believe. With the backing of people like Schuette, Horn and Bouchard, Moolenaar is convinced he will prevail Aug. 5.

"I'm grateful to have their support and its people who are advocating for me in the neighborhoods and their churches and their communities. That's what's going to help us win this election," he said.

Meanwhile Mitchell was in Lansing on Monday.

The Republican hopeful said he's the man to represent Michigan's fourth district and that he's committed to fighting big government.

The August primary is Tuesday, Aug. 5. The general election will be Nov. 4.

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