Coleman Young’s Campaign Contributions ‘Embarrassingly Low,’ Analyst Observes –  Deadline Detroit

Mayor Mike Duggan and state Sen. Coleman A. Young II

When it comes to money, it’s not even close.

Mayor Mike Duggan, who is running for re-election this year, has raised over $1.6 million from October to July 23, compared to the $22,000 his most formidable opponent, state Sen. Coleman A. Young II has scraped together so far.

Political analyst Mario Morrow, CEO of Mario Morrow & Associates, tells Stephanie Steinberg of The Detroit News that Young’s contributions are “embarrassingly low.”

“It shows that he’s definitely having a problem raising funds, that the grassroots campaign that he is trying to run is not resonating with even the small donors and that he is not going to be able to compete, even if he gets through the primary, which most people are predicting,” Morrow said.

“When you go up against a political machine like Mike Duggan . . . it is tremendously difficult to compete and raise money because people are not going to put money in a campaign that they see is not going to be victorious.”

Adolph Mongo, Young’s campaign manager, downplays the big disparity, saying his candidate has a “$2-million name.”

“We knew the mayor was going to raise a whole lot of money, and we’re not surprised, but as we go out there and talk with the people, we’re feeling good on where we’re at,” Mongo says. 

Sharon Banks of the Duggan for Detroit Committee says the mayor “has a broad base of support stemming from all that Mayor Duggan and his administration have accomplished in the past three years.”

The primary is Aug. 8. The general election is Nov. 7.