Months ago Alicia Ping searched for a Republican Senate hopeful to endorse, who she thought had a shot at beating Debbie Stabenow this November: "...and Pete Hoekstra seemed like he was going to be that guy."
But when the Asian-American Washtenaw County Commissioner saw his campaign ad premier on Super Bowl Sunday, she thought twice. Before she invested a dime in Hoekstra's campaign, she switched her support to Clark Durant, and has already made donations.
Durant agrees with Alicia that the ad is racially insensitive; and he says on top of that, there are even more reasons the commercial is inaccurate: "Pete Hoekstra does the same thing that Debbie Stabenow has done, which is devote time and time again to increase the debt ceiling by trillions of dollars," explained Durant.
Durant, the CEO of Detroit's Cornerstone schools believes Hoekstra's first ad debuted unusually early, with the primary election not until August. But he says as a response to the ad, this was the perfect time to introduce his own first campaign commercial.
He says his ad will remind the public that a Republican nominee still has to be chosen before there can even be an election against Stabenow: "People now have to ask the question as Alicia did. Is this the right person to be taking on Debbie Stabenow and is this the right person to be a United States Senator," said Durant.