Has Sandy Levin's time passed?
In a breakfast meeting with the Royal Oak Democrat, who represents most of Macomb County, Lessenberry found that Levin still has a feisty side that rarely shows itself when he speaks to the public. But Lessenberry also lays out the reasons why some think Levin's time has past:
"Sandy Levin was first elected to the state senate when his party’s current leader, President Obama was three years old. Rick Snyder was in grade school when Levin lost a race for governor in this state that was so close and so controversial there are still people today who feel he was robbed.
"... Sandy Levin turned 81 last September. The last few years haven’t been easy. His beloved wife Vicky died after a long struggle with cancer four years ago.
Three years ago, Levin became at last chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, but lost that job when Democrats lost control of the house eight months later. A year ago, when Michigan had to give up a seat in Congress, there were those who wondered if he should stay on, whether he had the drive and desire anymore."