by Garrett Frisk
Up until now, Michigan Republicans have failed to attract a high-profile candidate to run for U.S. Senate seat left open by incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow's retirement, as Democrats have largely coalesced behind U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin. However, that all changed today when former U.S. Representative Mike Rogers formed a campaign committee to run for Senate and launched a Mike Rogers for Senate campaign website complete with a launch video. Rogers first entered the politician scene in 1994 with his election to the state senate, before joining the U.S. House in 2000 by flipping the seat that Stabenow left behind to run for Senate with a narrow 111-vote win. After that race, Rogers never had trouble holding down his 8th congressional district seat. In 2014, Rogers, then the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, retired to launch a radio show. He largely disappeared from the political scene after that, but he re-emerged earlier this year when he expressed interest in running for president. However, Rogers decided against joining that race and is instead running for U.S. Senate in his home state of Michigan, despite the fact that he now lives and is registered to vote in Florida (Rogers is reportedly "scoping out property in Michigan"). Ironically, he is once again seeking to flip Debbie Stabenow's seat. Rogers joins a primary that includes Michigan State Board of Education member Nikki Snyder and Berrien County commissioner Ezra Scott, though former U.S. Representative Peter Meijer has also formed an exploratory committee to run and national Republicans are reportedly urging New York Stock Exchange vice chair John Tuttle to enter as well.