Did Bob Ficano Political Machine Put Up a "Scam Candidate" in Commission Race?
Is the Bob Ficano political machine rigging a race to keep incumbent Burton Leland on the Wayne County Commission?
WXYZ repots that his opponent Monique McCormick is accusing her opponent Leland of using the race card to split up the vote by putting an unknown candidate, who is black, in the running. Leland is a big-time ally of Ficano. Leland is white and McCormick is black.
WXYZ reports that the relative unknown, LaKeisha Finn, who is black, has never run for office before and happens to be a relative of Kwame Finn, a political appointee to Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, and a key member of that political circle. She is not registered to raise campaign money.
"(She) has not campaigned, has not came to any events," McCormick told WXYZ.. "No one seems to know who she is! We call it a scam candidate," McCormick said. "It's to split up the black vote."
Burton says he has no idea who she is and denies any improprieties. "No one needs to protect Burton Leland," he said. He said he never asked Finn to enter the race.
Ficano, through his communication director, said he did not endorse LaKeisha Finn and did not donate to her campaign and she did not ask for either.
WXYZ also reported that since 2010, Ficano’s political action committee has given Burton $10,000 in campaign contributions. Leland told WXZY he gave about $7500 of it back.