A cop in the U.S. Senate? That’s the goal of Oakland County, MI., Sheriff Michael Bouchard, says the Detroit Free Press. Even for the nine years he spent in the state legislature, he was a cop, pushing changes in the law that made life harder on bad guys. Bouchard has left campaign events, even a family vacation, to get to drug busts, barricaded gunmen, fatal accidents.
Bouchard, 50, faces minister Keith Butler in the Aug. 8 Republican primary. The winner meets incumbent Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in November’s general election. Driving is a time for fund-raising calls, conference calls with support groups, constant contact with the Sheriff’s Department and briefings with campaign staff. Cell phones — at least three are dedicated to Bouchard in his SUV — fly among Bouchard and his passengers, and the GPS remote linked to the dashboard screen is in constant use.