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LANSING, Mich. — Michigan voters who twice delivered the governorship to a Republican computer executive-turned-venture capitalist are again being wooed by a wealthy outsider businessman with no political experience for the top post — this time a Democrat.
Shri Thanedar, who was unknown until six months ago, has spent millions of his fortune on TV ads in which he pokes fun at mispronunciations of his name, touts policy prescriptions like single-payer health care and, in recent days, jokes that some of the state’s potholes are so big “you can see them from space.”
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Thanedar’s ensuing rise in polling is no laughing matter, however, within a Democratic Party that has not controlled any significant lever of state government in years. Some Democrats have doubts about his party affiliation. Others worry that if Thanedar wins the August primary, Republicans will pounce on his spotty business record.
Michigan’s largest local Democratic club, based in suburban Detroit, recently took the extraordinary step of issuing an “anti-endorsement” of the 63-year-old immigrant, scientist and entrepreneur. The Grosse Pointe Democratic Club wants voters to support either Gretchen Whitmer, a former legislative leader who has the backing of labor unions and the party establishment, or Abdul El-Sayed, an ex-Detroit health director who has appealed to left-wing Bernie Sanders loyalists .
“We really strongly believe that he would not only be a horrible governor if he ever got there, but that he would also really be disastrous for the Michigan Democratic Party if he were our nominee,” said Colton Dale, an executive board member.
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