U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers will forgo nearly an additional $10,000 a year in his pension by changing his date of resignation from the state Senate.
The Brighton Republican, who had originally resigned Jan. 3 - his first day as a congressman - changed that resignation date to Dec. 31. The move makes Rogers ineligible to benefit from a pay raise for members of this years state Legislature.
The Michigan Democratic Party estimated Rogers stood to gain about $700,000 in pension money by the time he was 85.
But state GOP spokesman Sage Eastman said Rogers was following previous precedent.
From what I know, every other senator that has taken another job or moves to a higher office resigns on the first day of his new job, he said.
Eastman said the resignation will have no effect on a possible re-election bid for Rogers - whose term expires in two years - but is negative for Michigan voters.
This is the kind of partisanship that frustrates voters, he said. They want to see a fair and open debate.
State Democratic Party spokesman Dennis Denno said Rogers move was in response to a press conference held by the party Thursday that made light of the issue. Denno maintained that, despite the change in dates, the issue could impact his next campaign.
He wrote a letter to the secretary of the Senate to change his resignation date, Denno said. Now he should take the time to send a letter of apology to the people of Michigan.
In a written statement, Rogers said he didnt delay his resignation for financial gain.
I will not allow the issue of my date of resignation to get in the way of the peoples faith in the process or their elected representatives, he said.