Tuesday night’s final political debate between mayoral candidates Mike Duggan and Benny Napoleon at Channel 7 studios in may have marked a turning point in one of Detroit’s most spectacular and hotly contested mayoral race in decades. Detroiters who viewed the live broadcast at the Charles Wright museum were unable to contain their enthusiasm and the audience frequently erupted in applause and cheers for their candidate of choice.
Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon came prepared to deliver damaging blows to Mike Duggan’s campaign and close the gap in his 2-1 lead with Detroit’s voters, which Napoleon said was in large part due to the media’s favorable treatment of his opponent. “They have forgotten everything they have ever written about Mike Duggan — bribes, fraud, kickbacks, no-bid contracts, ghost employees. Mike’s just not right for Detroit,” Napoleon said in closing remarks.
In an earlier particularly vitriolic exchange Duggan replied, “I can’t believe you said that,” defending his record as Detroit Medical Center CEO.