Those words might also be used to describe Barrow after he fired off a rhetoric-laced press release this afternoon, slamming Duggan’s decision today to relaunch his mayoral campaign.
“With this decision, Duggan thinks he is better than the City Charter, better than the four judges, better than two Michigan courts, better than an entire field of qualified candidates, and better than even the last Messiah 2000 years ago who rose from the dead,” Barrow said.
He added: “It’s creepy when a man tries to force himself on you against your will, and that is what Duggan is doing in his last desperate grasp to satisfy the political bloodlust of his supporters.”
The Michigan Court of Appeals removed the former Detroit Medical Center CEO from the ballot earlier this month, supporting Barrow’s claims that Duggan had not been a registered voter for a year by the time he filed for candidacy. If Duggan waited two more weeks to file, he would have been eligible.
Barrow, who spent 18 months in prison for tax evasion, went on to say Duggan’s campaign was for the “wealthy and arrogant.”
And for good measure, Barrow concluded Duggan is ineligible to participate in mayoral debates or forums “since only candidates appearing on the August 6 ballot are eligible to do so.”
Before Duggan was removed from the ballot, he and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon were the front-runners in early polls. Barrow, who polled very low, hoped to emerge as the next frontrunner in Duggan’s absence.
Fifteen people are running for mayor.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.