Posted on September 14, 2011

Five Republican U.S. Senate Candidates Offer Credentials to Knock Off U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow

Jim Harger, M Live, September 13, 2011

Five Republican U.S Senate candidates and a fill-in for Pete Hoekstra vied for the affections of the “Ford Women” of Kent County Tuesday.

The hour-long forum at the Blythefield Country Club gave the candidates a chance to try out the lines they will be repeating for the next 10 1/2 months as they hope to knock off front-runner Hoekstra for a run at U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a two-term Democrat.


Roscommon businessman Peter Konetchy, a Christian Scientist, said he supports limits on the number of Muslims who should be allowed to immigrate into the U.S.

“The Muslims are setting up their own little groups that don’t want to assimilate,” he said. “Right now, we’re at war with Islam.”

Brighton businessman Chuck Marino also participated, saying he supported a reduced tax burden for businesses and individuals. “My approach to Washington will be from a strictly business perspective,” he said.

[Editor’s Note: View Mr. Konetchy’s full position on immigration here.]