Let me start off by saying that I have no special insider information, and in fact this idea just occurred to me. But it seems like a reasonably good idea, and I hope to create a little buzz about it.
Candice Miller is the Representative for Michigan’s 10th congressional district. She is 57 years old, a Presbyterian, married to a Circuit Court judge, and has one daughter. She is a member of the Republican Party (obviously).
Miller has been in Congress since 2003. She most recently won reelection in 2010 with 72% of the vote. She won reelection in 2008 (a bad year for Republicans) with 66% of the vote. She won reelection in 2006 (another bad year for Republicans) in a landslide as well. This, despite the fact that the 10th congressional district leans only slightly in favor of the GOP.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Miller was Michigan’s Secretary of State from 1995 to 2003. She unseated a six-term Democrat incumbent in 1994, and then won reelection in 1998 in the largest statewide landslide in Michigan history.
She is able to maintain broad support from the electorate despite the fact that she’s no RINO. The American Conservative Union gives Miller a lifetime rating of 80.31, which puts her to the left of, say, Eric Cantor and Michele Bachmann, but it is still a fairly high score.
On the issues, she is pro-life, opposes homosexual marriage, wants to halt illegal immigration, and has been given an “A” grade by the National Rifle Association. Again, not a RINO.
She did vote in favor of the auto bailout and Cash For Clunkers, but that is understandable since the district she represents is near Detroit.
So, an important question is: Will the Democrats and the establishment media (but I repeat myself) be able to “Palinize” her? Somehow, I think not:
She has sort of a Hillary Clinton thing going there, frankly. And I mean that in a good way! Tough, and smart.
Michigan is a blue state that is trending red. Obama has a 65% disapproval rating in the Wolverine State according to a recent poll. This is a state Republicans can win in 2012, and Candice Miller can help them win it.