Stabenow Statement on John James’ Refusal to Take Position on SCOTUS Vacancy

In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow released the following statement calling on failed politician and failed businessman John James to answer whether or not he supports Mitch McConnell ramming through a Supreme Court nomination just weeks before the presidential election. Throughout his campaign, James has refused to answer basic questions – but as Michiganders start voting tomorrow, James must be honest on whether they deserve to have their voices heard. Read more below:

Stabenow Statement on John James’ Refusal to Take Position on SCOTUS Vacancy

East Lansing, MI — U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow released the following statement on John James’ refusal to take a position on whether Leader McConnell should ram a Supreme Court nominee through the Senate right before an election. As someone who wants to represent Michigan in the U.S. Senate, James has the responsibility to make it clear whether he will respect and honor the right of Michigan voters to decide who should be appointing the next Supreme Court justice:

“There is no ‘maybe button’ in the United States Senate–you either have to vote yes or no. Once again, John James is trying to have it both ways and hide his real position from Michigan voters. This is a pivotal time for our country with health care for millions of Michiganders at stake. Michigan voters begin casting their ballots tomorrow. They deserve to know if John James is ‘2000%’ behind Trump and Mitch McConnell or if he will honor the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and let Michigan voters decide the future direction of our country.”

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Michigan Democratic Party on 200,000 Confirmed COVID-19 Deaths

As America reaches its 200,000th COVID-19 death, the Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of Chair Lavora Barnes:

“Today, we mourn the 200,000th person to have died from COVID-19. That 200,000 is not just a statistic, it represents real people with friends, family, and loved ones they left behind. It represents nurses, frontline workers, and teachers. The devastating toll of this virus has left our whole nation grieving. It didn’t have to be this bad, but Trump failed us. His failure has caused immeasurable damage to families across Michigan and across our country. This November, we must hold him accountable.”

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Caught on tape: Unlock Michigan trainer instructs petition gatherers on illegal tactics

LANSING — Paid petition gatherers for Unlock Michigan were schooled on how to trespass on private property, illegally collect voter signatures they did not witness as required by law and lie under oath if deposed, according to a recording of a recent training session obtained by the Detroit Free Press.

“Unlock Michigan has stooped to new lows – including encouraging people to break the law and schooling them in ways to commit illegal acts – to bring their dangerous petition before the Republican-controlled Legislature,” said Lavora Barnes, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. “We need a full review of each and every signature and the circulators should be questioned under oath before the criminal enterprise known as Unlock Michigan brings its crime spree anywhere near the Michigan Legislature.”

In a blockbuster investigative piece published by the Free Press, a trainer hired by Unlock Michigan to collect signatures for its partisan power grab told petition gatherers they could leave petitions with store clerks and falsely claim to have witnessed those signatures being collected if asked to appear in court. The Unlock Michigan petition would strip Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of the emergency powers she’s used to save lives throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The training sessions are only the latest example of Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Unlock Michigan resorting to deceitful, unscrupulous tactics to get signatures. Shirkey and his fellow Republicans previously hired convicted criminal Mark Jacoby to help lead the effort to undermine the governor’s ability to save lives amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

There continues to be broad public support for Whitmer’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic with a recent WDIV poll showing 61% those surveyed support the governor’s management of the ongoing pandemic.

“Unlock Michigan has established a disturbing pattern of lying and deceit, even hiring known criminals to push a reckless proposal that puts the health of Michiganders at risk,” Barnes said. “This petition drive reeks of criminality and we call for a complete review of each and every signature and each and every collector of signatures in this reckless and irresponsible effort.”

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Betsy DeVos’ Family Super PAC Spreads False Smears, Attempts to Deflect from John James’ Record of Hypocrisy and Profiting off China

Better Future Michigan Fund, a shady super PAC funded by Betsy DeVos’ family, released a misleading attack ad with “smears” against U.S. Senator Gary Peters that have already been proven false by nonpartisan fact checkers. The misleading attack is another desperate attempt to deflect from failed politician and failed businessman John James’ record of enriching himself from his business ties to the Chinese Communist government.

James has followed Mitch McConnell’s marching orders of taking a “harsh-on-China tone” to deflect from Trump’s failed Coronavirus response, which James himself has praised. But James’ public posture is nothing more than hypocritical rhetoric, as an investigative report revealed James has “benefitted from a lucrative business relationship between one of its largest clients and a state-controlled Chinese automaker…run under the auspices of numerous top Communist Party officials.”

“False attacks from John James’ DeVos-funded allies are hypocrisy in its highest form. The fact is that James has enriched himself from doing business with China all while misleading the public by downplaying his dealings with China and trying to erase the evidence,” said Michigan Democratic Party spokesperson Elena Kuhn. “James is Mitch McConnell, Betsy DeVos and special interests’ hand-picked candidate because they know he’ll always put them ahead of working families in Michigan.”

The misleading attack is just the latest blatantly false ad from Better Future Michigan Fund, which has already spent over $3 million to run misleading attacks propping up John James. The super PAC is part of a “shady, cozy” network of groups run by James’ former campaign manager and has been named in campaign finance violations for illegally coordinating with the James campaign. In return, James has praised Betsy DeVos saying she’s doing “very, very good” as Education secretary and supports her anti-public education agenda.

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Michigan Democratic Party Statement on Plans to Appeal Court of Claims Decision

The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of Chair Lavora Barnes on plans to appeal the recent Court of Claims decision.

“A clear decision was made by the courts and reaffirmed by the Secretary of State and the Attorney General – if your ballot is postmarked by November 2 it will be counted up until 14 days post-election. We should be asking the Republicans why they don’t want every single vote in Michigan to count. With 42 days to go Republicans are pulling out all the tricks to disenfranchise voters, while the Democrats are focused on ensuring that every eligible voter in Michigan can cast a ballot and be guaranteed it will be counted.”

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