Lack of applicants to military academies, says 11th District Congressman

By TODD SPANGLER | Detroit Free Press | Published: January 22, 2013

WASHINGTON – Brand new U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Milford is trying to get word out to people in his district: If you applied for – or were told you were nominated for – one of the military service academies by one of the previous holders of his office, get in touch with him immediately.

The application deadline has either passed or is bearing down quickly for the service academies, and Bentivolio’s office says it received no applications or nominations from the staffs of previous congressmen that occupied his seat. Bentivolio, a Republican, assumed office three weeks ago after a 7-week stint by Belleville Democrat David Curson, who served out the remainder of former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s term.

McCotter stepped down last July after it was determined that his campaign had submitted more than 1,000 fraudulent, duplicated or otherwise invalid signatures in support of his campaign. McCotter, of Livonia, wasn’t implicated in the scandal but resigned his office after five terms, clearing the path for Bentivolio, a political newcomer, to win the full term to the newly redrawn 11th Congressional District.

Bentivolio’s spokesman, Matthew Chisolm, said Tuesday that an individual reported he or she had secured a nomination for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York, but no record of it could be found by the office. The office expected to check with West Point and is asking anyone else in the district who may have applied for or been told they’d received a nomination to contact Bentivolio’s staff immediately

It is also telling anyone interested in applying for nomination to one of the service academies to do so by Jan. 31.

Application instructions can be found on .

For application information or to discuss a previous application or nomination, contact Joe Salvia in Bentivolio’s office at 248-859-2982.


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