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Schlafly and Eagle Forum get involved in key Michigan congressional contest

In Backroom

3:18 pm on Sun, 05.13.12

Phyllis Schlafly’s group, Eagle Forum, is among the socially conservative groups that have gotten involved in a Michigan congressional contest involving House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich. And Schlafly is not supporting Upton.

According to The Hill, a Washington political publication, Schlafly and the group she founded back another Republican, former Michigan state Rep. Jack Hoogendyk, in the contest's primary slated -- like Missouri's -- for Aug. 7.

Hoogendyk is closer to the party's tea party faction.

Phyllis Schlafly
Phyllis Schlafly

"Now more than any other time in our history, we need solid conservatives, not just 'go along to get along' politicians in Congress," Schlafly said in a statement. "We know Jack Hoogendyk is a conservative leader whom we can trust to stand strong on the life and marriage issues and to fight to reduce spending by the federal government."

Upton held off Hoogendyk in 2010, winning 57 percent of the vote. Upton – considered Michigan’s wealthiest congressman -- also outspent Hoogendyk by more than 20-to-1.

Upton does have the backing of another prominent conservative group, the Family Research Council. But according to The Hill, “the deep-pocketed, fiscally conservative Club for Growth is keeping close tabs on the race, and while it hasn't officially endorsed Hoogendyk, it has already run ads against Upton. “

Schlafly, meanwhile, also is preparing to wield her presidential clout later this summer. Originally a backer of Rick Santorum, she is part of Missouri’s 2nd congressional district slate of GOP delegates to the party’s presidential convention in late August in Tampa, Fla.

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