Primary Elections Take the Spotlght (updated September 11, 2014)
This year’s Congressional primaries turned out to be very exciting. Many incumbents were faced with stiff competition in their primary elections. The most notable race was the June 10 primary in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District where incumbent Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R) had a surprising loss to a relatively unknown candidate, Dave Brat. The loss forced Rep. Cantor to resign his leadership position effective July 31, resulting in the House GOP Conference holding elections for Majority Leader and Majority Whip. After a closed-door vote on June 19, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) secured the position of Majority Leader, while Rep. Steve Scalise (LA-1) was tapped to serve as Majority Whip.
Virginia wasn’t the only state to vote out an incumbent. In the 4th Congressional District for Texas, Republicans voted out Rep. Ralph Hall, the oldest serving Member of Congress. Hall lost to challenger John Ratcliffe, a former U.S. attorney and small-town mayor.
U.S. Senate candidates are also feeling the heat in their primary races. Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran (R) found himself in a run-off with opponent Chris McDaniel, a Mississippi State Senator. During the state’s June 3 primary, McDaniel garnered 49.5 percent of the vote, while Cochran came in a close second with 49 percent. Senator Cochran defeated McDaniel in the run-off election by gaining 51 percent of the vote.
U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivollo is another incumbent to lose his seat in the primary. On August 5, Republicans in the 11th district of Michigan voted for challenger David Trott, who won the race by 66 percent.
On September 9, Massachusetts 6th Congressional district voted out Democrat incumbent Rep. John Tierney, and instead supported his primary challenger Seth Moulton, a first-time candidate and Iraq War Veteran. Moulton garnered 51 percent of the vote to Tierney’s 40 percent. Four incumbents have now lost their primary elections.
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Michigan Loses Congressional Clout Due to Retirements (posted August 14, 2014)
To date, Michigan has had four Congressional members retire from office. U.S. Senator Carl Levin and U.S. Representatives John Dingell, Dave Camp, and Mike Rogers will all be stepping down from their Congressional posts at the end of 2014. The four legislators currently hold leadership positions in Congress, and their retirements will cause Michigan to lose some of its Congressional firepower. More
AAO-HNS Member Narrowly Defeated in Race for Congress (posted on July 24, 2014)
On July 22, AAO-HNS member Robert E. Johnson, MD (aka Dr. Bob) was narrowly defeated in a run-off race for the Republican nomination in Georgia’s 1st Congressional district. Given the politically conservative nature of the district, Dr. Bob’s opponent, Buddy Carter, is expected to easily win the general election in November.
Prominent Congressional Retirements 'Tee Up' Exciting Election Season
Several prominent Members of Congress have recently announced they will not seek re-election in November. U.S. Representatives Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee; John Dingell (D-MI), the longest serving House member; and Mike Rogers (R-MI), Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, are among those retiring at the end of the year.
Academy Members Taking a Political Spotlight
The 2014 mid-term election year is upon us, and it is already shaping up to be an exciting year! To date, two AAO-HNS members have announced their candidacies for office in their respective states.
In Michigan, John Bizon, MD, has announced his candidacy for the state’s House of Representatives in the 62nd District. Per his candidate filing, Dr. Bizon is running as a Republican and currently has no opponent. The incumbent state representative for the 62nd district, Rep. Kate Segal, a Democrat, is unable to seek re-election due to term limit restrictions. Prospective candidates have until April 22 to file paperwork for Michigan’s 2014 elections. Dr. Bizon is a resident of Battle Creek, and is the Immediate Past President of the Michigan State Medical Society. The Michigan primary is scheduled for August 5, with this year’s general elections taking place on November 4.
Richard A. Moss, MD, has announced his candidacy for the Indiana House of Representatives in the 63rd district. The incumbent state representative for the district, Rep. Mark Messmer, a Republican, is seeking higher office and will be vacating the seat. Dr. Moss is a resident of Jasper, IN, and has been in private practice since 1991. He will face Mike Braun in the Republican primary on May 6, with the winner likely filling the vacant seat. Although the AAO-HNS does not endorse or financially support candidates for state elections, we try to highlight when our members are seeking public office.
On the federal level, Bob Johnson, MD, is a Republican candidate in the open seat race to replace U.S. Representative Jack Kingston in Georgia’s 1st Congressional district. Dr. Johnson, who prefers the moniker “Dr. Bob,” is a former Army Ranger and previously owned a private ENT practice in Georgia. With Rep. Kingston running for the open U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, the opportunity in GA-1 has drawn many interested parties to the race. Five Republicans have filed candidate paperwork, including two sitting state senators. As of now, there are no Democrat candidates. The Georgia primary is scheduled for May 20, with a likely run-off taking place on May 22.
The AAO-HNS Government Affairs team will continue to follow these races very closely in the coming months and will provide updated information as it becomes available. If you know of other otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons running for state or federal office, please contact us at email@example.com.
Mixed Results from Virginia and New Jersey Elections
Early in November, both political parties focused their attention on elections in Virginia and New Jersey. The results of the elections were mixed, with Republican Governor Chris Christie winning re-election by a wide margin and Democrats sweeping all statewide offices in Virginia. However, even with large partisan victories for statewide offices, the majorities in both state legislatures were largely unaffected.
State by State Primary Dates for 2014
United States Election Assistance Commission
CQ Politics: Election Central 2014
The Washington Post: Post Politics
The Hill: Campaign
The New York Times: Politics
The Cook Political Report (Partial Public Access)
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL): Legislatures & Elections
Rasmussen Polling Reports
Gallup: Political Polling
OpenSecrets.org Center for Responsive Politics
Federal Election Commission (FEC)