Detroit Free Press Endorses Slotkin for Senate Primary, Knocks Opponent For Fabricating Her Record

June 10, 2024, 12:55 PM by  Allan Lengel

Rep. Elissa Slotkin and Hill Harper.

The Detroit Free Press is endorsing Democratic Congresswoman Rep. Elissa Slotkin for U.S. Senate in the Aug. 6 primary, calling her "one of the best qualified candidates this newspaper’s editorial board had ever seen." 

Slotkin, 47, a native of Oakland County, enlisted in the CIA after 9/11, serving three tours of duty in Iraq. She was first elected to the House in 2018.

The Freep writes:

Despite her background, Slotkin isn’t the warmonger her most outspoken critics claim. While she retains an insider’s nuanced understanding of national security, her legislative focus is primarily domestic: Slotkin decided to trade technocracy for politics because of political polarization in our own country.

At the same time, the Freep acknowleged that her Democratic opponent, Hill Harper, an actor, businessman and activist, is a progressive advocate for education and minority communities.

But the Freep writes:

Harper, who starred on the popular ABC show “The Good Doctor” until last year, has called Slotkin “the real actor” in the race, a bizarre ad hominem attack. He has said repeatedly that Slotkin did not employ any Black staffers until she began her Senate campaign, a claim that is provably untrue. He also claimed that Slotkin voted against a bill that would allow Americans to expunge federal marijuana crimes from their records. She voted for the bill.

Harper’s willingness to misrepresent his opponent gives us pause; we fear it may predict how he’d operate as a lawmaker.


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