Trailing his opponent by a 2-1 margin, according to recent polls, Sheriff Benny Napoleon came out fighting during the final mayoral debate, lashing out at the media and claiming his opponent was corrupt and indifferent to the city while living in Livonia.
Napoleon began and ended the debate with harsh criticisms of the media, which he says ignored corruption during Mike Duggan’s time as CEO at the Detroit Medical Center.
“The media in this town has been grossly unfair,” Napoleon said in his closing remarks. “Mike’s just not right for Detroit, but they want you to think he is. … That’s all propaganda.”
In fact, Napoleon said of the media, “They want you to stay home and not vote.”
At the beginning of the debate, after excoriating the media for running what he says is a false ad about him, Napoleon said Duggan is guilty of “bribery, fraud and kickbacks,” but didn’t elaborate.
“The turnaround at the DMC is a fallacy,” Napoleon insisted.
If social media is any indication, Napoleon’s accusations didn’t win fans.
“When Napoleon loses this election by a landslide, he might reflect upon his closing comments during the last #7debate. Disgraceful …” tweeted @Kenneybrock.
Duggan dodged the blows and maintained a positive tone for most of the debate.
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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.