MARQUETTE - Dan Benishek, a Republican candidate for the 1st Congressional District, picked up an endorsement Saturday from the national physicians organization Doctors for Patients PAC.
Benishek, a doctor himself, is a native of Iron River now living on Chicagoan Lake in Iron County. He is a general surgeon, having worked at the Dickinson County Memorial Hospital and at Northstar Health System. He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University in 1978.
The seat Benishek is running for is currently held by U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Menominee, who announced earlier this year he would not seek another term. The primary election is Aug. 3.
Dan Benishek, a Republican candidate for the 1st Congressional District, left, picks up an endorsement Saturday from the national physicians organization Doctors for Patients PAC in Marquette. Richard Armstrong, a board-certified general surgeon from Newberry, right, made the endorsement announcement in the lobby of the Landmark Inn. (Journal photo by John Pepin)
"It is unfortunate that the Congressman currently representing Michigan's 1st District has played such an important role in the passage of the misguided legislation that is already starting to ruin the doctor-patient relationship. Obamacare is causing insurance premiums to rise and is leading to the inevitable rationing of care," said Richard Armstrong, a board-certified general surgeon from Newberry, who made the endorsement announcement in the lobby of the Landmark Inn.
"It is only fitting that Dr. Benishek, physician who understands the importance of de-funding, repealing and replacing this legislation take this seat back to provide the people the representation they deserve."
Additional candidates in the race include Democrat Gary McDowell, who is currently a state representative for the 107th District, and six Republicans including Benishek, Jason Allen of Petoskey, who is currently a state senator representing the 37th District, Patrick Donlon of St. Ignace Township, Linda Goldthorpe of McMillan, Don Hooper of Iron River and Tom Stillings of downstate Eastport. The term of office is two years.
Benishek arrived in a campaign bus and most every member of the group gathered for the announcement held campaign signs which bore the candidate's slogan: "Enough is enough," which he used to open his brief remarks made on the occasion.
"I'm running for Congress because enough is enough," Benishek said.
Benishek said he supports efforts to repeal and reform healthcare.
"The healthcare bill is a complete disaster," Benishek said.
He said what there isn't enough of is integrity, common sense and jobs. Benishek said he is a pro-life candidate and supporter of 2nd Amendment gun rights.
Armstrong said in a news release the Doctors for Patients PAC will be supporting Benishek in a number of ways.
"Through advertising, grassroots activities and even direct financial support, thousands of doctors from all across the district and all across the nation will be making sure their voices are heard now to that Dr. Benishek's will be heard in the next United States Congress," Armstrong said.
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