Don Volaric, the Republican challenger to Democratic Rep. Sandy Levin, has portrayed himself as a maverick within the GOP, an outsider who declines to engage in partisan politics.
But now he’s gone several steps further and has suggested that, if elected, his stubborn refusal to play the political games in Washington could result in him suffering physical harm, perhaps even death.
In an interview with The Macomb Daily on Tuesday, Volaric, a Chesterfield Township Republican, did not use the word assassination.
But he did say: “If I am elected, I hope I don’t die for this.”
When asked to explain, he said that each time a lobbyist approached a Congressman Volaric with an offer of campaign cash in exchange for a vote, he would immediately report the incident to the Daily and expose the influence-peddlers as corrupt.
That approach, he said, could make him very unpopular in Washington.
Volaric, who’s making his second run at Levin, has previously complained that this campaign has been hard on his family -- a wife and two young children. In addition, his refusal to run in the 9th District as a typical partisan GOP nominee, the candidate said, has angered some in the local party.
As a result, he claimed, some party members have attempted to damage his campaign behind the scenes.