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Oakland County political gossip

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July 10, 2019

Looks like Congresswoman Haley Stevens will have at least one Republican challenger next year, with Dillon Breen announcing he is forming an exploratory committee for an 11th District congressional run. Breen is a former campaign staff intern for infamous  former Congressman Thaddeus McCotter, the Republican who held this seat before flaming out in spectacular fashion in 2012. For those with fleeting political memories, McCotter and some aides had a problem with petition signatures – as in too few that weren't forged. While McCotter was never charged – four aides were – the scandal ended his political career. Breen wasn't charged, but McCotter eyed him when he filed a lawsuit alleging his staffers had deliberately forged the signatures in order to sabotage his campaign. The suit was dismissed with no sign of wrongdoing. Since then, Breen has served as Wayne County Republican Committee chair from 2015 to 2017 and chair of the 11th Congressional District in 2018, and was district director for former Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake). He is currently president of the Livonia Republican Club. If he can raise funds in the next few months, he's hoping to take Stevens on.

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