Mayoral candidates follow no-debate rule at Econ Club luncheon - New York News

Mayoral candidates follow no-debate rule at Detroit Econ Club luncheon

Posted: Updated:
The candidates take center stage at Wednesday's Detroit Economic Club's luncheon The candidates take center stage at Wednesday's Detroit Economic Club's luncheon
DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

Detroit mayoral candidates Mike Duggan and Sheriff Benny Napoleon engaged in a conversation Wednesday - not a debate. Both candidates hammered talking points the city has heard before. They both oppose the emergency manager and think the state's plan to lease Belle Isle is bad for Detroit. Duggan said he'd work with Kevyn Orr until he can convince Governor Snyder to remove him. Napoleon said he wouldn't work with the EM at all. They touted their strengths and touched on what their opponent sees as weaknesses.

One of the topics discussed was Duggan's rumored involvement in talks that brought Orr to the city.

Moderator Carol Caine asks: "Are there anything in these emails that would connect you to the emergency manager, whether you were being considered for it or you being a proponent for it in any way?"

"Absolutely not," he responded. "I told them flat out - 'No,' that I did not think the government had any right to pick the leader of the city of Detroit, that I thought it would be a terrible mistake if he did it."

Another touchy topic discussed was Sheriff Napoleon's involvement in the Wayne County jail project.

Caine asks: "What was your role in the Wayne County jail, and we know there were tremendous cost overruns, other problems, with it. So can you just tell us once and for all what your role was with this, and the responsibility you have with that."

Napoleon responded: "Zero; zip; nada. The only thing I agreed to do was operate the jail when the county executive, who is responsible for building the jail, built it."

The candidates didn't challenge each other - even when they were given the perfect chance - and followed the no-debate rule.

While the Detroit Economic Club event was heavy on conversation neither candidate was forced to push the envelope.

"I really believe we have to make the transition from a forum culture to a debate culture because we're not pursuing or maturing or advancing ideas, because the ideas aren't contested," says Vince Keenan of the website publius.org.

"If you are running for any political office, I think, you need to show why you're different from your opponent," says Bankole Thompson of the Michigan Chronicle.

That's something many hope to hear at next Tuesday's debate, the last chance before the election.

"It was actually refreshing to be staying positive," Duggan shares.

"The information is out there. Do your homework. Figure out what people really are, then vote your conscience," Sheriff Napoleon says.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Newark school enrollment problems

    Newark school enrollment problems

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:17:11 GMT
    The school year in Newark is getting off to a rocky start. Classes start in less than two weeks and parents are still waiting in line for hours to find out where their kids are enrolled. The problem is being blamed on a glitch in the school's new online open enrollment system. To say mother of three Jennifer Caraballo is frustrated may be an understatement. She is one of hundreds of Newark parents desperately now trying to find a new school for her children.
    The school year in Newark is getting off to a rocky start. Classes start in less than two weeks and parents are still waiting in line for hours to find out where their kids are enrolled. The problem is being blamed on a glitch in the school's new online open enrollment system. To say mother of three Jennifer Caraballo is frustrated may be an understatement. She is one of hundreds of Newark parents desperately now trying to find a new school for her children.
  • U.S. Open preview

    U.S. Open preview

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:52:40 GMT
    Heading into the U.S. Open, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have won 36 of the past 38 Grand Slam titles, a stretch dating to the 2005 French Open. Nowadays, there seems to be a growing sense — or hope, maybe — among the best of the rest on the men's tennis tour that the quartet might be more vulnerable than ever.
    Heading into the U.S. Open, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have won 36 of the past 38 Grand Slam titles, a stretch dating to the 2005 French Open. Nowadays, there seems to be a growing sense — or hope, maybe — among the best of the rest on the men's tennis tour that the quartet might be more vulnerable than ever.
  • Mark David Chapman

    John Lennon's killer denied parole again

    John Lennon's killer denied parole again

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:10:09 GMT
    John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, New York corrections officials said Friday. The decision on Mark David Chapman by a three-member board came after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said. Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side, hitting the ex-Beatle four times.
    John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, New York corrections officials said Friday. The decision on Mark David Chapman by a three-member board came after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said. Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side, hitting the ex-Beatle four times.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices