Knollenberg has not personally offered an apology for his "Asian Invaders" blog entry. What kind of man is Joe Knollenberg anyway?
Hot race in 9th District pulls in big cash, names
The battle for a heart-of-Oakland County seat not long ago considered among Michigan's most reliably Republican has emerged as one of the state's hottest congressional races as dollars pour in, charges fly and a changing political landscape threatens Joe Knollenberg's bid for a ninth term.
On the day after the Aug. 5 primary, Oakland County Democrats gathered in front of Knollenberg's office in Farmington Hills to encourage voters to give him the boot because of his support for the Iraq war and other issues.
On the same day, the Bloomfield Township Republican unleashed a barrage of automated phone calls touting his record in Congress.
Democrats have had their eye on the seat ever since a relatively unknown candidate with virtually no financial help from the party gave Knollenberg a scare in 2006.
His 2008 Democratic challenger, Gary Peters, a former legislator, lottery commissioner and unsuccessful attorney general candidate, has been raising lots of money and bringing in party luminaries to help him campaign for months.
"It's going to be a barn burner," said Lansing political consultant Tom Shields, who works primarily with Republican clients. "This district has become more and more Democratic over the years."
Before Knollenberg's 52%-46% victory in 2006, he had won at least 58% of the vote in seven successive elections.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has targeted the 9th and 7th Congressional Districts as two of 26 seats nationally where they hope to beat incumbent Republicans. State Sen. Mark Schauer, D-Battle Creek, is challenging Tipton Republican Tim Walberg, who represents the 7th Congressional District in southern Michigan.
The DCCC has budgeted $35 million in advertising for the seats to air closer to the election. Click here for the rest of the story.