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Beckmann Passes On Stabenow Challenge

June 20, 2011

Frank Beckmann's voice may be synonymous with Michigan Wolverines football and morning radio on Detroit station WJR, but he won't be the voice of the Republican case against Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., in 2012, he announced Monday.

Beckmann said on his radio show Monday morning that he won't be a Senate candidate. Michigan Live reported that Beckmann indicated two main factors in his decision: The fact that he'd have to register as a Republican, which he's never done, and a rule forcing him to quit his radio show and end his tenure as the voice of the Wolverines.

Beckmann is only the latest in a string of Republicans deciding against challenging Stabenow. He follows in the footsteps of former state GOP chair Saul Anuzis, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., and former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land.

Former juvenile court judge Randy Hekman, businessman Peter Konetchy and self-described conservative constitutionalist Chad Dewey are the Republicans in the race right now, but none are viewed as serious threats to Stabenow.

When Anuzis declared he was not running, he wrote on his blog that he has encouraged Beckmann, Cornerstone Schools co-founder Clark Durant and Oakland County Drain Commissioner John McCullough to run.

Meanwhile, some Michigan Republicans have been recruiting a retired Detroit Red Wings player whose identity remains a mystery.

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