Warren mayor: My support for Bernie Sanders nearly got me removed from Dem debate

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts

By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said he was nearly removed from Sunday’s Democratic debate in Flint for quietly voicing support for Bernie Sanders.

Fouts, 74, was sitting near Hillary Clinton supporter and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Deborah Wasserman Schultz.

“The Democratic debate is totally controlled by Hillarys good friend DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” Fouts wrote on Facebook Monday. “No commentary is allowed by the audience. Particularly if you are cheering Bernie Sanders. Persons who do not adhere to Hillarys rules are threatened with expulsion.”

He continued: “That’s not very democratic. That borders on totalitarian control.
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DNC Chairwoman Deborah Wasserman Schultz.
DNC Chairwoman Deborah Wasserman Schultz.

Fouts is now calling for Wasserman Schultz’s resignation.

Fouts, who said he wasn’t loud or disruptive, was taken aside by security and told that DNC staffers wanted him removed because of complaints about his behavior.

Fouts said in another Facebook post: “Debbie Wasserman Schultz should resign as Democratic Chair and another person should be put in place who can be objective, fair, and democratic to all. The chair of the Democratic Party should be unbiased toward both Democratic candidates as well as debate audience members. Certainly shouldn’t favor one over the other. The Democratic Debate shouldn’t be controlled by a Kangaroo Court.”

Wasserman Schultz didn’t respond to our requests for an interview.

The Michigan Democratic primary is today, and a recent poll suggests Sanders may pull off an upset.

Steve Neavling

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.