Upton launches campaign ad, signaling run for reelection

Rep. Fred Upton began airing his first 2022 campaign ad last week, spending more than $200,000 and signaling that the moderate Republican is more likely to seek reelection to a 19th term in Congress.

He has not announced whether he will run in the new 4th District in western Michigan. The GOP primary for the Republican-leaning seat that was created during redistricting includes sixth-term Rep. Bill Huizenga of Holland Township and state Rep. Steve Carra of Three Rivers.

In the 60-second ad, Upton, 68, says he is the “wrong guy” for those who want a “rubber stamp” congressman.

“But if you want someone committed to solving problems and putting policy over politics, then I’m asking for your support,” he says.

Upton has been targeted by former President Donald Trump because he was among 10 Republicans who voted to impeach him for the Capitol insurrection. Upton says in the ad that he is proud of “always putting our state, nation and the Constitution first.”

Trump last year endorsed Carra over Upton, though it was before the state’s new redistricting commission drew a district that also includes terrain currently represented by Huizenga.

The filing deadline to run is April 19.  (AP)

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  1. If you must vote Republican then Fred should be your choice. Although he has always been kind of a “wishy washy” guy who stayed out of controversy he is one of the few who stepped up to hold TFG accountable for Jan. 6th. Having lived in Bill Huizenga’s district for the past 4 years I can say that no one running is less qualified than Bill. He signed on to the attempt out of Texas to throw out the votes from Michigan in 2020. He hasn’t met face to face with his constituents in 6 years. He runs for power and money and nothing else. And as for Rep. Carra – anyone who runs with an endorsement from TFG isn’t worth wasting a vote on. He is beholding to TFG and no one else (read constituents). See Publius – he actually is running in my district.

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