With the Republican Party increasingly looking at a contested convention this summer, a Washington Post blogger is floating the idea that former U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers of Howell could be drafted to be the GOP’s presidential nominee.
To be sure, Rogers himself hasn’t once mentioned any interest in the presidency – or any other office – since retiring from Congress in 2014. But Washington Post blogger David Ignatius thinks Rogers might be a candidate if the GOP starts looking for someone besides Donald Trump, Ted Cruz or John Kasich.
In a piece headlined “Five military leaders Republicans could draft for a run for president. (Hint: It worked before.),” Ignatius opines that Rogers would be an attractive possibility:
“A final name would be former representative Mike Rogers (Mich.), who retired in 2014 after heading the House Intelligence Committee. Rogers served three years in the Army, but he makes the list because of his service as an FBI agent from 1988 to 1994 fighting organized crime in Chicago. Rogers also has a rare talent, among conservative Republicans, of working effectively with Democrats. He took a broken, divided House Intelligence Committee and, by allying with the Democratic ranking member, made the committee work.”
Rogers, 52, who graduated from Howell High School, served in the state Senate before spending 14 years in Congress. Since retiring from Congress, he has primarily worked as a national security commentator on CNN.