Former GM executive Bob Lutz has joined state Sen. Patrick Colbeck’s (R) campaign as finance chairman. (release)
Former Detroit Health Director Abdul El-Sayed (D) “will host two major national surrogates—Linda Sarsour, co-founder of the Women’s March on Washington, and Winnie Wong, founder of the one-million member People for Bernie Sanders and creator of #FeelTheBern—at the Michigan Union in Ann Arbor for a Town Hall on Saturday.” (release)
LARRY NASSAR. Michigan State University Police Chief Jim Dunlap said former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) in her role as interim Ingham County prosecutor last year “wanted to charge” former Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar “in a child pornography case that she thought would be ‘relatively easy to convict on’ but said the assault allegations [to which he has now pled guilty] could be ‘much more difficult to take to trial,’ a characterization Whitmer called ‘patently false.’ … Dunlap took the assault cases to” state Attorney General Bill Schuette (R) “hours after a fall 2016 meeting with Whitmer and staff.”
“Whitmer and another top county attorney say Dunlap never brought them police reports that would have allowed her office to decide whether to prosecute the assault cases. They claim MSU police took the cases to Schuette because initial allegations originated in multiple counties—Ingham and Eaton—making his state-level office best suited to lead the prosecution, a point Schuette himself noted when he agreed to review them.” (Detroit News)
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