Pete Hoekstra doesn't fight for middle class families that work hard and play by the rules - what's important to him is that his clients at his D.C. lobbying firm. Hoekstra worked to further rig the rules for Washington special interests and insiders as a member of the House of Representatives, and it’s what he will do again if sent to the Senate in 2012. See below for the truth about Pete Hoekstra and his outrageous record:
Hoekstra wants to change the U.S. Constitution and take the power to elect U.S. senators away from voters. Hoekstra would rather take us back to a time when politicians in Lansing got decide who represents us in Washington. Even Hoekstra's GOP primary challenger said Hoekstra's plan would result in deals being "made behind closed doors and the establishment candidate would have a coronation."
Roll Call reported that Hoekstra has repeatedly said that he supports the repeal of the 17th Amendment, which allowed the direct election of Senators. If the 17th Amendment were repealed, Senators would be selected by state legislatures, rather than by a popular vote. “I think it’d be a good thing," Hoekstra said. [Roll Call, 8/13/12]
In a Michigan for Conservative Senate questionnaire, Durant wrote: “Unforeseen by the Framers was the way in which political corruption and cronyism would eventually squash dissenting views - and without the 17th Amendment, I wouldn’t be standing before you - the voters - to ask for your vote. Instead, a deal would be made behind closed doors and the establishment candidate would have a coronation.” [MI4CS Questionnaire, 1/21/12]