The Spinal Column Newsweekly gives endorsements to Dr. Taj and Dave Curson
11th U.S. Congressional District, Two-year term
(Waterford, West Bloomfield, White Lake, Commerce, Wolverine Lake, Walled Lake, Wixom, Milford, White Lake, Highland)
Dr. Syed Taj, a Canton Township Democrat, has inherited a dicey political situation in which his opponent, Milford Republican Kerry Bentivolio, was until May thought to be a dark horse candidate with no real shot at winning against former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter.
Fast-forward to the week before the Nov. 6 general election. McCotter is toast, and voters in the strongly conservative 11th Congressional District are forced to pick between a Democrat who supports universal health care and a Republican whose spotty record, at best, makes us leery. Also couple that with Bentivolio being largely sequestered from the media, virtually unwilling to field reporters’ questions, and you have a recipe that leads us to support Taj.
Taj’s political resume may be thin — he’s a first-term member of the Canton Township Board of Trustees — but Bentivolio’s is much thinner. But Taj, in an interview this summer, brought with him a willingness to work with Republicans and a sense of civic duty we found refreshing.
He’s fluent on the issues and can address them — as a doctor, particularly our flawed health care system — with ease. We’re confident he would be a good advocate for the 11th District in Washington, D.C., which is more than we can say about Bentivolio, who even establishment members of his own party view as too extreme.
11th U.S. Congressional District, Partial term
(Waterford, White Lake, Highland, Milford, Commerce, Wolverine Lake, Walled, Wixom)