POLITICS & PREJUDICES
Detroit vs. Lansing: Them vs. Us
Published: June 26, 2013
He said screw ’em, and won by a landslide. Snyder doesn’t seem to be much of a history buff, but there’s a lesson here.
What’s Next for Mike Duggan? If you want to consider a real case of sabotaging democracy and disenfranchising the voters, consider what happened to Duggan. The law says anyone wanting to run for mayor has to be a registered voter in the city a year before filing to run.
The filing deadline was May 14. Duggan became a registered voter April 16, 2012. He should have been home-free. But first a circuit judge and then the Michigan Court of Appeals took him off the ballot. He could have appealed to the state Supreme Court, but bafflingly decided to throw in the towel.
Why didn’t he qualify? He turned his signatures in early, on April 2. Had he kept them in a desk drawer two more weeks, he would have been fine. Someone in the city clerk’s office ought to have told him to come back later, but they didn’t.
This is an outrageous case of ignoring the spirit in favor of the letter of the law. However, there may be a silver lining to this. It is clear what Duggan should do now; Run for Wayne County Executive next year; he would be a virtual shoo-in.
Following that, he ought to press the Legislature to do the only thing that would really save Detroit: Merge it with Wayne County into one consolidated governmental unit.
If he could accomplish that, he would truly have done something worthy of history, and future generations’ gratitude.
Jack Lessenberry opines weekly for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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