The campaign of U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, is criticizing Republican opponent Rocky Raczkowski of Farmington Hills for accepting a $5,000 donation from Republican Sarah Palin.
Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 presidential running mate for John McCain, has been appearing at tea party rallies across the country and is considered by some to be a possible presidential candidate in 2012.
Peters spokesman Dan Farough said Saturday, Oct. 30, that the donation from Palin proves that Raczkowski isn't the moderate candidate voters want in the 9th Congressional District.
"Sarah Palin only endorses candidates that agree with her narrow and extreme views, and Rocky passed the Mama Grizzly’s sniff test and got a $5,000 check," Farough said. “Raczkowski and Palin both share in their empty rhetoric and out of the mainstream beliefs – both of them opposed the auto rescue which would have cost Oakland County thousands of jobs.
"Oakland County voters have rejected Sarah Palin’s extremism once already. Will they reject Rocky’s extreme views on Tuesday? You betcha.”
The donation from SARAH PAC was made Oct. 27 and listed on the report congressional candidates are required to file within 48 hours of the election, Farough said.
On the filing, Raczkowski listed $42,500 from 17 contributions Oct. 27 from Palin's PAC and other political action committees.
Peters' filing showed contributions from 10 individuals and seven PACs on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 28 and 29, totalling $20,900.
"I did not oppose the auto rescue, he's trying to rewrite history," Raczkowski said in response. "Is this the best he's got in the last 48 hours of the election?
"I accept support from Democrats, Republicans or anyone who wishes to support us," Raczkowski said. "One unsolicited contribution from Palin is no comparison to the $1.2 million of PAC contributions he has received, which is 703 itemized listings on 36 pages of FEC reports, from far left organizations, banking corporations, Wall Street lobbyists and Nancy Pelosi."
Peters, he said, is desperate to be re-elected. "It's because he doesn't listen to us," Raczkowski said.
Michigan's 9th Congressional District is considered one of the tossup races this year as Republicans nationally try to erase the Democratic Party majority in the U.S. House.
Peters won the seat two years ago by defeating a longtime Republican incumbent.
Two of the candidates in this year's race -- Libertarian Adam Goodman and independent candidate Bob Gray -- threw their support to Raczkowski this week. Also seeking the 9th District seat are Green Party candidate Doug Campbell and indpendent candidate Matthew Kuofie.
The 9th District 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.
Videos of Raczkowski, Peters and other candidates in Oakland County on the Nov. 2 ballot can be found at
Contact Charles Crumm at 248-745-4649, firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @crummc