Newsflash:
Dr. Syed Taj Dr. Syed Taj Syed Taj Says He's "on the radar"
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

Syed Taj Says He's "on the radar"

Written by  Alex Brown | National Journal
Syed Taj Says He's "on the radar" AP Photo/Mike Householder

The sudden resignation of Rep. Thad McCotter led to a tumultuous Republican primary in Michigan's 11th District, but the fallout may also mean a competitive general election for a seat thought until recently to be safely in the GOP column. At least, that's what Syed Taj is counting on.

The Democratic nominee, a physician and member of the Canton Township Board of Trustees, is optimistic about his chances as he gears up for November. "I think I should be able to win this seat," Taj said. He pointed to Republican division and his own crossover appeal as evidence.

Turnout in the Republican primary exceeded the Democratic contest by nearly 30,000 votes, but Taj doesn't see that as a reason for discouragement. "The voter turnout was not because of the congressional race," Taj said, "it was because of the (GOP) Senate race. " Sen. Debbie Stabenow ran uncontested on the Democratic side of the ticket, while former Rep. Pete Hoekstra faced challengers for the GOP nomination.

Republican nominee Kerry Bentivolio drew considerably more primary votes than Taj, but Taj said the GOP's dissatisfaction with its candidate -- local party leaders recruited former state Sen. Nancy Cassis to wage a write-in campaign for the primary -- show he can pull moderate voters from the Tea Party libertarian in the general election. "The ideas he is floating are not accepted by anyone," Taj said, "Republicans or Democrats. ... I don't think there's a place of extreme views in this district."

He said he's built bipartisan appeal in his time on the township board, serving as an outnumbered Democrat in a Republican-leaning township. The state's Democratic leaders have started providing support, Taj said, now that they see the race as winnable, and help from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee may be on the way. "I am on the radar, that's for sure," Taj said.

Link to original article from National Journal

Read 5304 times

Latest News from the Taj Campaign

  • Learned about Taj (letter to the editor)
    Learned about Taj (letter to the editor)

    I was anxious to attend the League of Women Voters Candidate Night because like so many other people in the new 11th District, I knew little about either of the major party candidates. I sat with more than 100 other voters and waited for Kerry Bentivolio to arrive.

    Written on Thursday, 01 November 2012 22:15 Read more...
  • Blue America Preview: Dr. Syed Taj
    Blue America Preview: Dr. Syed Taj

    With the open seat, Dr. Taj has a more than favorable chance to win. His opponent is Kerry Bentivolio, reindeer rancher, failed business owner and part-time actor who has never held elected office. He has strong ties to libertarian financiers and Tea Party activists but has been ostracized by the Republican Party establishment, having taken large donations from Liberty for All Super PAC, affiliated with Ron Paul.

    Written on Sunday, 21 October 2012 12:48 Read more...
  • Syed Taj: Democrat hopes voters will put a doctor in the House
    Syed Taj: Democrat hopes voters will put a doctor in the House

    He may be a Democrat in a largely Republican town, but don't tell that to Canton voters.

    Dr. Syed Taj finished fourth out of six candidates in 2008 to win a seat on Canton's Board of Trustees -- the first Democrat elected to the board in recent memory and the only Democrat on the seven-member board.

    Written on Monday, 15 October 2012 19:17 Read more...
  • Interview with Mark Maynard
    Interview with Mark Maynard

    We also talk economics and tax policy. We can’t just continue to cut our way to prosperity, Taj says. We continue to fire public employees, he says, and that not only impacts quality of life, but it negatively impacts consumer spending.

    Written on Sunday, 14 October 2012 00:00 Read more...
  • Syed Taj Says He's "on the radar"
    Syed Taj Says He's "on the radar"

    The sudden resignation of Rep. Thad McCotter led to a tumultuous Republican primary in Michigan's 11th District, but the fallout may also mean a competitive general election for a seat thought until recently to be safely in the GOP column. At least, that's what Syed Taj is counting on.

    Written on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00 Read more...

PDA In Your State

Sign the Petition - Sen. Sanders Run as a Democrat in 2016

Button-SandersPetition

MI Endorsed Candidate

Dr.TajSmall 

MI-11 Dr. Syed Taj
http://www.tajforcongress.com

Lori Wallach on the TPP from PDA Progressive Roundtable

Progressive Roundtable with Reps. Ellison and Pocan and Lori Wallach on TPP

TPP: The Biggest Threat to the Internet You've Probably Never Heard Of