Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and union allies are trying to woo another Democrat to campaign for Michigan governor amid concerns about the viability of front-runner Gretchen Whitmer, Bridge Magazine has learned.
This month, Duggan reached out to U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, Bridge learned from six sources with knowledge of the effort, including three party officials. In a January meeting described by one observer as a “full court press,” Duggan, United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams, other union leaders, and powerful Detroit pastor the Rev. Wendell Anthony tried to persuade Peters to enter the campaign, promising substantial help with fundraising, the sources said.
The Michigan Democratic Party is in complete disarray after being charged a $500,000 fine by the FEC. Mark Brewer, who was the Chair at the time, is now the legal counsel for Democrat candidate for Governor, Gretchen Whitmer. Whitmer is also no stranger to campaign finance violations, has been in trouble for using PAC funds to pay for her website in 2012.
First, a bombshell report detailed how the Michigan Democratic Party is in disarray, faced with numerous corruption accusations while Gretchen Whitmer, the frontrunner for the Democrat gubernatorial nomination, stood idly by. Now, the Michigan Democratic Party is once again in turmoil, as the Detroit Free Press revealed today that the Party is being fined an astounding $500,000 for shoddy fundraising practices – a fine that “far exceeds the average penalty levied against candidates and political organizations over the years.”
Since March of 2015, Clinton’s favorable rating in Michigan has dropped by 15 points and her unfavorable rating has jumped 15 points according to a survey of 600 likely general election voters conducted by Marketing Resource Group (MRG). In April of 2015, 45 percent of voters had a favorable opinion of Clinton and 44 percent viewed her unfavorably. In September her favorable rating went down to 30 percent and her unfavorable rating climbed to 59 percent.
With this change in her perception, Clinton now trails both Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina 39 percent to 40 percent. Clinton leads Donald Trump 43 percent to 40 percent despite Trump’s abysmal favorable rating of only 28 percent and unfavorable of 56 percent.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Land launched a full-on attack Wednesday on the Detroit Free Press and decided to decline the state’s largest newspaper’s invitation for an interview with its Editorial Board as part of its endorsement process.
Last Friday, Ms. Land made clear she was upset with a column the Free Press published from Brian Dickerson that castigated her performance on the Michigan Public Radio Network’s “Michigan Calling” program. In that column, Mr. Dickerson blasted Ms. Land’s effort for most of this campaign to avoid tough questions about the issues and said she has been “about as accessible up to this point in her campaign as a music video diva recovering from plastic surgery.”
In one representative example, Sam Inglot of far-left group Progress Michigan created a“Terri Lynn Land drinking game” that calls on participants listening to the program to “Drink when she says ‘I’m a mom’ or ‘The President needs to lead.’”
“How many times are you going to mention that you’re a mom?” Hugh Madden, another Progress Michigan activist, added in a tweet.
During her answers to two questions in an hour long interview on Michigan Public Radio where she took questions from callers statewide, Land noted how “I’m a mom” and how she has two kids. The first time she did it was in the context of how she was worried about “the safety and security of our country.”
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 6, 2014 – Gary Peters and Mark Schauer have been trying to distract voters from their “Lie of the Year” that cost 225,000 Michigan families their health care. Their support for Obamacare also hurt seniors as the law cut more than $700 billion from Medicare.
“Gary Peters and Mark Schauer have some serious questions to answer about their support for Obamacare,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “The ‘Lie of the Year’ not only cost 225,000 Michigan families their health care, but it will also hurt our seniors by limiting their access to high-quality care. It’s clear Gary Peters and Mark Schauer don’t care about Michigan’s middle-class families and seniors who are suffering.”