Birmingham businessman Dave Trott announced Wednesday he will challenge U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Milford) for his seat in Congress in 2014.
"As a job-creator, I will work every day to create an environment where our economy can grow," Trott said in a news release. "I am committed to cutting spending, lowering taxes and promoting the free enterprise system that made our country great. Washington is not working and needs a leader with the common sense and courage to tell the truth."
Though he didn't mention Bentivolio — a freshman representative that was elected following the Thaddeus McCotter petition scandal — by name, Trott did allude to the incumbent when he said he intended to "spend time helping the constituents of the 11thdistrict, as opposed to someone who is only concentrated on getting reelected."
Bentivolio's office issued a statement Wednesday afternoon.
"The congressman is focused on bringing jobs to Michigan, fighting back against Obamacare, balancing our budget and getting our debt under control," spokesman Matt Chisholm said on behalf of the campaign. "Those are the issues he ran on, and those are the issues he is working on."
Trott, an attorney, also launched a campaign website Wednesday, and announced the support of several key Republican supporters, including former State Sen. Mike Bishop, and former congressional candidate Rocky Raczkowski.
"What you see with Dave is what you get," Raczkowski said in a written statement. "Our district doesn't need another person that will do what Washington insiders want them to do. We need a person that works for us."