In September Attorney David Trott, chairman of a major Republican fundraising dinner in Michigan, announced that he would run in the Republican primary for Bentivolio's seat.
"The men and women of this district deserve better than a divisive Tea Party extremist like Kerry Bentivolio, and we deserve better than the prospect of David Trott, a man who made a fortune off the bankruptcies and foreclosures that have devastated our region,” McKenzie, a former State Department senior adviser, said in a statement to Roll Call.
McKenzie's announcement also means there could be a contested primary for Bentivolio's seat. Democrats have often mentioned Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson as their preferred challenger for Bentivolio. Benson is reportedly considering whether to run for the seat or not.