Sandy Pensler Joins GOP Senate Field

Businessman Sandy Pensler announced this morning that he is running to unseat Senator Debbie Stabenow in 2018. This comes only three days after Congressman Fred Upton said no to a Senate campaign.

“It’s time to make Michigan first in job creation, wages and opportunity,” Pensler said in a press release. “We put Michigan first by reforming immigration laws, and enacting a trade policy that stops encouraging companies to ship our jobs overseas.”

Pensler also wasted no time attacking incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing). “With Debbie Stabenow in Washington, Michigan has ended up with the short end of the stick for more than 40 years.” Unlike Debbie Stabenow, Pensler said he is going to Washington to bring back opportunity for success, not more entitlement programs.

Sandy Pensler is an economist and the founder of Pensler Capital, an investment and management firm based in Grosse Point Park. Although he has never held public office, Pensler did run for a Michigan Congressional seat in 1992. He first announced that he was exploring a 2018 Senate run in early September.

Pensler is likely to face conservative opposition in the Senate race, as he is the most moderate candidate in the Republican field. The Faith and Freedom Coalition of Michigan has already released a statement pointing out Pensler’s pro-choice position on abortion in the 1992 Congressional primary.

Sandy Pensler joins former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bob Young, Jr. and businessman John James in the Republican primary field. The winner will go on to face Debbie Stabenow in November of 2018.

UPDATE: The Faith and Freedom Coalition of Michigan has launched a website attacking Pensler’s abortion stance: ProChoicePensler.com. The website says that “we need candidates who are pro-life and not pretenders. Decide for yourself.”


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