Judge Kim Small met with NRSC about Michigan Senate race

Oakland County, Mich., District Court Judge Kim Small shown in 2011. (Associated Press)
Oakland County, Mich., District Court Judge Kim Small shown in 2011. (Associated Press)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee met this week with Oakland County District Court Judge Kim Small about the open Senate seat in Michigan, according to two people with knowledge of the meeting.

Former Michigan secretary of state Terri Lynn Land is currently the GOP frontrunner, but Small presents a potentially interesting alternative whom the national GOP is taking seriously.

Small is tight with Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and the GOP donor community, and Republicans believe she could raise significant money.

She has also earned a reputation as one of the nation's toughest judges when it comes to first-time drunk driving convictions. In 2011, she sentenced former NBA star Jalen Rose to 20 days in jail following his drunk driving arrest.

Small was mentioned as a potential candidate in 2012 for the open seat left by former congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.), but opted not to run.

Rep. Gary Peters (D) is the leading candidate on the Democratic side and is favored to hold the seat of retiring Sen. Carl Levin (D), but Republicans hope to put up a fight in this blue-leaning state.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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