Looks like Pete Hoekstra spoke too soon in April when he declared, “I will not be a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2012.”

This morning, Hoekstra formally announced his change of heart, declaring his candidacy for the Senate seat held by Debbie Stabenow.

Here’s what I’ll say: The PeteHoekstra.com domain name has been publicly available for sale since April, with 100% of the proceeds going to a great charity, the Boys & Girls Club of Holland. When you “Google” Pete Hoekstra, or search Yahoo!, this site appears at or near the top of the results.

Before announcing his candidacy, Hoekstra could have reached out to us and made a reasonable offer (again, to a charity).

But he’s too proud, and too stubborn.

Look at the challenges facing this country. Look at what happens in Washington when stubborn, ideologues refuse to listen to the other side — and that goes for both Democrats and Republicans.

Understandably, Pete doesn’t like our efforts behind the PeteHoekstra.com website. He referred to me as “mean-spirited” back in April.

But the fact that I’m still here, blogging away @ PeteHoekstra.com tells you everything you need to know why Pete Hoekstra should not be Michigan’s next US Senator.

Michigan can, and must, do better.

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