Detroit Free Press: Patterson endorses state Sen. Mike Kowall for Trott's seat in Congress

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WASHINGTON — Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is throwing his weight behind state Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, to take over a seat in Congress.

Kowall's campaign announced Thursday that Patterson was endorsing Kowall for the Republican nomination in Michigan's 11th Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Dave Trott, R-Birmingham, is stepping down at the end of the current two-year term, his second. 

While endorsements often mean little to the outcome an election, Patterson's brings with it the prospect of institutional Republican support for Kowall in Oakland County of the sort that helped Trott beat then-U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Milford, in 2014.

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Jason Roe