Libertarian Adam Goodman, one of six candidates on the Nov. 2 ballot seeking the 9th Congressional District seat held by first-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, threw his support Thursday to Peters' Republican opponent Rocky Raczkowski.
"I feel there's a better candidate for the job than myself," Goodman said Thursday evening in a phone call with Raczkowski, "and that candidate is Rocky Raczkowski."
Said Raczkowski: "I graciously accept and look forward to involving Adam wherever possible."
Other candidates on the ballot are Douglas Campbell from the Green Party, and independent candidates Bob Gray and Matthew Kuofie.
Peters is in his first re-election bid after winning the seat from an incumbent Republican two years ago.
Raczkowski is Peters' main opponent in Tuesday's election. Polls largely have the two even in what has become a toss-up congressional race in the GOP's effort nationally to retake control of the U.S. House.
Peters spokesman Dan Farough released a statement a short time later that said:
“The news that Adam Goodman has joined the Rocky campaign comes as no surprise. The Rocky Campaign is the Noah’s ark of fringe candidates and ideas. Two by two, they keep coming on board – the Birthers, Phyllis Schlafly, Grover Norquist, and now Adam Goodman have joined up.
"What they all have in common is opposition to the rescue of Chrysler and GM, support for outsourcing and a radical plan to privatize Social Security. Oakland County voters have always supported serious problem solvers, like Gary Peters, not divisive out of the mainstream fringe candidates like Rocky.”
The district is entirely within Oakland County borders and represents Pontiac, Lake Angelus, Auburn Hills, Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, Orchard Lake, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Rochester, Troy, Clawson, Royal Oak, Berkley, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Franklin, Farmington, Farmington Hills, and the townships of Bloomfield, Southfield, Waterford, West Bloomfield, Oakland and part of Orion.
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