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An astonishing story from the weekend and Doc's favorite presidents

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Collage by artist Steve Penley created before President Biden's election.

Before we get into Dr. Bob's Presidents' Day greeting, this is a reminder to check out the updating events at to see town halls and meet and greets in your area. We're booking more every day.

We also have one last notice to purchase tickets for our Presidents' Day Pizza / Petition Party tonight in Marquette. We're requesting an RSVP to help staff get an accurate headcount for food.


Our volunteers ran into Jack Bergman

Over the weekend, at the UP200, volunteer petition canvassers were circulating through the crowd gathering signatures to help get Dr. Bob on the ballot. Our amazing volunteers approached two men standing alone in the cold to ask for their signatures.

"Excuse me," they said. "Will you sign Dr. Bob Lorinser's nomination petition to get him on the primary ballot for US Congress?"

The two men looked taken aback.

"Should I tell them?" one man asked the other.

"Yes, tell them."

"I'm Jack Bergman," he said. "I would sign the petition but it might be used against me in the election."

Our volunteers didn't recognize him. It could've been the fur hat. It could've been that he's not in the district all that often. In any case, the follow-up question was priceless. Bergman's answer was despicable.

"Jack Bergman, while I have you here, may I ask you a question? . . . Do you really think the presidential election was stolen?"

"Sorry, I'm not going to get into that. I'm not going to answer that."

Yet again, it's the fourth occasion a constituent has told us Jack Bergman cannot answer the simple, direct question of whether or not President Joe Biden was duly elected the president of the United States. He refuses. Astonishing.


Who is Dr. Bob Lorinser's Favorite President?

Not being a presidential scholar, knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each, I would rank Presidents Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Franklin Roosevelt as the top three.

Why? All humans are flawed and products of their time, but considering their character, integrity, and competence, they lead America forward with:

  • A strong vision for the country's future, a sense of service, along with a positive active personality working to make life better for all.

  • Effective communication skills rooted in honesty, truth, and transparency.

  • A bold, articulate leader with a great deal of charisma.

  • The fortitude to make unpopular decisions while respecting and trusting the American people.

  • Crisis management skills and ability to deliver results on issues of vital importance

  • An ability to work with Congress and make wise appointments.

  • Moral principles – wisdom, kindness, justice, and courage.

I want to close my Presidents Day greeting by sharing how important this next election will be for our state, and our Nation. As I have crisscrossed our district, I am reminded how cherished and vulnerable our right to vote is.

Democracy is built on inclusion, equal treatment, and participation. Democracy is in danger. It is something we need to fight for and defend against the false narratives. Misguided leaders are trying to make it harder to cast a ballot, and it’s paramount that we defend the right to vote to ensure all eligible voters participate in not only presidential elections, but every election.

We can’t be complacent – we can’t rest, and we can’t lose ground. As a country, we will need to work together to look forward – to lift our eyes up above the horizon and decide who we want to be as a Nation.

Make no mistake, there are bad actors who are actively working to gain back control of the government and return us to division politics. We can’t let it happen.

I am a champion of Democratic policies, and I am practical about how we can achieve them. I value what Democrats have accomplished – traditionally with dignified political temperance. I am not naïve about how difficult the Washington, DC climate is, but as Northern Michiganders and Yoopers, we deserve someone who will do their job with principle.

The beauty of our democracy is we can openly disagree with each other, including the President of the United States. This is an essential system of our government's checks and balances. However, in order for the debates to be constructive, everyone across the political spectrum – especially elected representatives – must operate from the fundamentals of truth. I'm disappointed my opponent Jack Bergman can't do that.

If you believe your Representative should be more transparent about their belief regarding who is President of the United States, I need your support getting to Washington.

Can you contribute today to ensure the election of an honest and ethical Congressional candidate? You deserve a change.

Happy Presidents Day, Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

's 1st District, MI01


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