The announcement that Congressman Mike Rogers was leaving office came as a big surprise to many--especially Republicans now scrambling to find a replacement to keep the 8th Congressional District in the hands of the GOP.

Rogers believed to want to head the FBI

But now speculation from his brother on what would likely have made the Brighton Representative stay in Washington, D. C.

The Detroit News is quoting State Representative Bill Rogers as saying heading up the FBI might have done it.  "If the administration had been smart, they would have tapped him for the FBI," Rogers told the paper.  "If that had been offered, he probably would have done that to stay in the game."

The offer didn't come from the Obama Administration, though, forcing Rogers to rethink his future.  He claims his decision to leave politics and take a job as a syndicated radio talk show host was prompted by what he called a "dangerous situation" in Washington.  He criticized some fellow Republicans for "talking just like Obama's foreign policy."

Roger's depature, set to take effect at the end of the year, is the third major member of the Michigan delegation to call it quits.  Senator Carl Levin  and Representative John Dingell--both Democrats--cited frustration and gridlock as part of the reason for their retirements.

Rogers, though, isn't closing the door on a return to D-C.   Some believe his radio show will be the perfect format for him to build an audience of Presidential voters.

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