Monday, October 05, 2009

Tom Barrow Endorsed by the Eastside Slate

At a press conference earlier this afternoon, the Eastside Community Slate announced that Mayoral Candidate Tom Barrow is their choice for Mayor of Detroit in the upcoming November 3 general election.  This is impressive from a political standpoint because - for the past 27 years - the Eastside Community Slate has consistently endorsed the winner in every primary and general election Detroit has had including Coleman Young, Dennis Archer, Kwame Kilpatrick and Dave Bing.

The Slate also rescinded their previous primary endorsement of Interim Mayor Dave Bing because they do not like his style of leadership. “Mayor Bing has snubbed the city of Detroit and openly disrespects its people,” said Lamar Lemmons, III, one of the leaders of the Eastside Community Slate. “He has no sense of community. He won’t come out and he refuses to debate issues affecting the community. We believe that a real Detroit Mayor should never hide. That is unacceptable.”

In recent weeks, Mr. Barrow has been endorsed by AFL-CIO, the Coalition of Labor Organizations, AFSCME and ATU, the bus drivers union.

Of course, I thought this was an interesting quote from Mr. Barrow this afternoon:
“Unlike Mr. Bing, who has turned everything over to Charles Beckham and Norm White so he can go home to Franklin at night, I will be a leader who personally makes the right choices to balance our city’s budget, create safe streets, inspire our residents and grow our city, not shrink it. Detroit deserves an energetic and engaged leader that understands the issues and one who will both be among and work with its people.”
I said back in August that Detroit's mayoral election is going to be a lot closer than most people expect.  I predicted then - and I continue to predict - that the final outcome will definitely be within 10% and that, if Mr. Barrow plays his cards right in the coming weeks, he might actually come out on top.  There are several individuals who actually laughed at me when I first made my predict less than a week after the primary.  However, no one laughs at it any more.

The next few weeks are going to be an interesting time for politics in Detroit.

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