If he could work with Jack Jett …

Scott Withers, Jack Jett and David Taffet
Congressional candidate Scott Withers, from left, with co-hosts Jack Jett and David Taffet (TXT Newsmagazine/Arnold Wayne Jones)

I received a note from Jack Jett today about the congressional candidacy of our former co-worker, Scott Withers. Jack and I co-hosted a show on Tarrant County-based Q Television Network in 2005 with Withers, who’s now running for the U.S. House in Michigan.  The above picture was from a cover of TXT Newsmagazine.

“In addition to being President of QTN, Scott was also the executive producer of ‘The QueerEdge with Jack E. Jett and Sandra Bernhard,’” Jett said.  “If he can handle the two of us, then I assume Congress would be a breeze.”

And as someone who also worked with Jack, I can think of no better preparation for the job.

—  David Taffet

Gay former Dallas resident seeks to oust incumbent in Michigan congressional race

Scott Withers
Scott Withers

Scott Withers, 37, has filed to run for the Michigan District 5 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He faces Rep. Dale E. Kildee, 80, in the Aug. 3 primary. Kildee is seeking an 18th term.

Withers is a former CNN host and moved to Dallas to be the news anchor for the Q Television Network, an LGBT cable network that broadcast from Firestone Studios in Haltom City outside Fort Worth in 2005-06.

He owns a small communications consulting business and lives with his partner, Lane, in Flint, Mich. They have been together 10 years.

Withers is the first candidate to challenge Kildee in a primary since 1976.

After Withers filed, Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer asked him to drop out of the race to protect a long-term congressman.

But Withers is in the race to stay.

A series of comedy nights will benefit the Withers campaign. On May 23, Judy Tenuta headlines his kickoff at an event in Flint.

—  David Taffet