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Congressman Gary Peters (D. MI-14), who is running for Senator Carl Levin's (D. MI) seat, received a big endorsement today:

The Michigan Credit Union League on Friday endorsed U.S.  Rep. Gary Peters for the U.S. Senate.

Peters, a Democrat, declared his candidacy a couple of weeks ago for the seat that will be vacated by U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, also Democrat, who announced his retirement in March.

Levin is Michigan's senior senator and has held the seat since 1979.

Since taking office in 2009, Peters has three times co-sponsored legislation to raise the cap on credit union member business lending and has publicly stated his support for the credit union tax exemption.

He also co-sponsored and helped pass the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, and authored the Small Business Credit Initiative, which freed up $79 million in federal funding for Michigan-specific lending programs.

“Congressman Gary Peters has been a true champion for reasonable, bipartisan financial solutions that benefit local economies, and Michigan credit unions are confident that he will continue the fight to move our economy forward as our next U.S. senator,” MCUL & Affiliates CEO David Adams said.

“Congressman Peters has a been a leader in supporting families on Main Street, and helping small businesses get access to much-needed credit and capital that can help them grow and create jobs,” Adams said. “As a U.S. senator, Peters will be an outstanding advocate for the kinds of changes that will create jobs and opportunity in Michigan and across the nation.” - Credit Union Times, 5/17/13

On top of that, Peters will also be the special guest for a local Democratic fundraising dinner:

Possible U.S. Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Gary Peters and United Auto Workers Vice President Cindy Estrada will headline the Livingston County Democratic Party’s Winans Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at Lakelands Golf & Country Club, 8690 Chilson Road in Hamburg Township.

Peters, D-Detroit, is expected to consider a run for the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat currently filled by Carl Levin, D-Detroit. Estrada, a Hamburg Township resident, is a longtime union and social activist, the county Democrats said.

Mark Totten, an outspoken critic of Republican Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, also will speak at the event, a fundraiser for the county Democrats.

A cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $65 and include live music, snacks, dessert and a silent auction.

Student tickets are $20.

A vegetarian dinner option is available with advance notice.

Tickets can be reserved by credit card at or by check to Livingston County Democrats, 10321 Grand River Ave,, Suite 600, Brighton, MI 48116. If paying by check, indicate the number of tickets desired and the names of attendees.

Tickets also can be reserved by calling at 810-229-4212 or emailing and purchased by check at the door. - Livingston Daily, 5/16/13

Peters is an excellent candidate and I look forward to helping him out in his campaign for U.S. Senate.  By the way, the Senate GOP primary between Tea Party Congressman Justin Amash (R. MI) and potential candidate and CISPA author, Congressman Mike Rogers (R. MI) could get interesting:

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) is promising he won't let his state party nominate an "anti-civil liberties, pro-corporate welfare" candidate in the race for the Senate.

The libertarian-leaning congressman's comments may be aimed at Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), the favorite of establishment Republicans in Washington and Michigan, and could be a sign Amash is considering a bid to succeed retiring Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.).

"There will be huge long-term harm to the Michigan Republican Party if we put up an anti-civil liberties, pro-corporate welfare Senate candidate," Amash wrote on his Facebook page in a Tuesday evening post. "I won't let that happen without a fight."

"This is 2013, not 2003 or 1993. Such a candidate not only doesn't appeal to conservative Republicans, who care deeply about liberty and the Constitution, but also would continue to tarnish our party's image with moderate, independent, young and ethnically diverse voters," he wrote.

GOP strategists worry Amash could create problems in the primary for another candidate who might have more statewide appeal in the general election. They also fear he could scare off a strong candidate like Rogers. - The Hill, 5/15/13
If you'd like to donate or get involved with Peters' campaign, you can do so here:

Originally posted to pdc on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Motor City Kossacks.

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