(Courtesy: UMD.UMICH.EDU)
(Courtesy: UMD.UMICH.EDU)

By SULLY HAMAD, Guest Writer

Last week’s statement from senator Carl Levin, that he will not perusing reelection in 2014, initiated local Republican interest including one particular University of Michigan-Dearborn alumnus.

Saul Anuzis, 1981 UM-D graduate, recently announced his serious consideration to run for the United States Senate Thursday night during the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington.

Anuz is a former candidate for GOP chairman and previously sat on the Michigan Republican National Committee.

Believing in seizing in this opportunity to become a senator is no easy task, yet receiving optimistic posts, emails and calls of encouragement to run for Senate should be a confidence booster. However, moral encouragement can only go so far, it is the donors, the voters, and opposing running candidates that make the difference. With this thought in mind, a few leading candidates such as Scott Romney (Mitt Romney’s brother), and Rep. Candice S. Miller have clearly indicated they will not run.

Nonetheless, Rep. Justin Amash who has placed himself as the House of Representatives’ most outspoken libertarian is considering to run. According to a poll of over one thousand probable republican voters, Anuzis received 1.03 percent of votes, which made him last in the polls.

Regardless of what the statistics say, Anuzis remains optimistic. “I think there is a mood in this country for non-traditional politicians. Sometimes you just want an average guy. I’m not the Harvard graduate; I’m not the big shot business guy. I’ve lived a real life, and I think there are a lot of people who will find that appealing,” he said.