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Published: October 30, 2013
But Duggan has done little since his stunning write-in primary win, other than pander to the voters and fall on the football of his enormous lead. He has, dismayingly, said things it is hard to think he really believes, such as that he doesn’t believe an emergency manager was needed or that he opposes the Belle Isle lease. My sense is that voters have made up their minds, are going to take a chance, and aren’t paying attention.
At this point, however, we should note that a man who seldom gets much respect these days ran a more honorable campaign back in 2009. Mayor Dave Bing won that year’s primary with 74 percent of the votes, to 11 percent for perennial civic joke Tom Barrow.
But in the runoff, Bing traded much of that lead for integrity. The city was running an enormous deficit then and Bing insisted unionized city workers were going to have to take a 10 percent pay cut and lose certain benefits.
Barrow demagogued shamelessly and made all sorts of promises he couldn’t possibly have delivered. On Election Night, Bing still won easily, but with only 58 percent.
Nevertheless, he had told the voters he was going to make tough decisions and his victory gave him the political capital he needed to make them. It would be far easier to respect and admire Duggan if he told Detroiters they were going to face a hell of a lot more toil, tears and sweat before their city would be healthy again.
Jack Lessenberry opines weekly for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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