SKY IS THE LIMIT
Michigan Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) might be running for re-election to return for a second term to represent the House’s 40th District, but she clearly has an open road to bigger and brighter roles down the road – which is why state and national Democrats definitely have their sights on her. Manoogian was one of 17 up-and-comers from around the country who were invited to give the keynote speech on the second night of the Democratic National Convention. Manoogian, who turns 28 in September and is the youngest person in the state legislature, gave an f’in (literally) shoutout to Joe Biden and to her hometown of Birmingham in the keynote, stating, Democratic policies will help boost “small business owners, like the ones whose shops and restaurants line the streets of Birmingham, Michigan.” Manoogian is a strong booster for Biden, pointing out to convention watchers that the former VP had “stuck his neck out to protect” the auto industry a decade ago. Those watching Manoogian wonder where she’ll land when she’s term-limited after her third House stint. The state Senate district that includes her hometown of Birmingham, now held by Democrat Mallory McMorrow, is not likely to be open for Manoogian, but then who knows what will happen when redistricting takes place. Politicos given to spitballing wonder if some spot may be found eventually in the state administration or even the Biden administration if he wins in November, at least as a temporary home until some Michigan district opens.