Political upstart Mike Saari of Canton, running for a state Senate noimination in this summer's Republican primary, is off to a rocky start after embarrassing himself on Facebook.
The fringe candidate, a home inspector, takes a sharp shot this week at Judge Rosemarie Aquilina of Ingham County, who earned national attention last week for tough talk as she sentenced serial molester Larry Nassar.
Saari, not a fan, posts in a discussion thread shown with WWJ coverage:
"Judge was wrong for her personal vocal opinions on record. That should be a crime against jurisprudence itself. Lastly, what do you think this feminazi judge would say if her husband asked for a BJ?"
Shannon Wambaugh comments on the candidate's page: "Your disgusting words are unacceptable for anyone wanting to even consider political office."
The 58-year-old politician, who lost a state House nomination try as a Democrat in 2014, describes himself as "a strong conservative Republican." He wages a seemingly low-budget campaign to succeed Sen. Mike Kowall, 66, a fellow Republican first elected in 2010 and barred from seeking a third term.
More than a dozen phone screenshots of the hot-button post are posted Tuesday and Wednesday as comments on his Facebook campaign page and even in a 229-member campaign group at the social media platform.
WWJ called Saari at his business and tells how he responds:
When questioned about use of the word "feminazi," he wanted to end the call. . . . "I'm going to say no comment at this time … I can’t recall the post. I post a lot." . . .
When asked if he had deleted the post, he answered: "Not that I'm aware of.”
Someone also shares an image of an earlier, undated Facebook post in which Saari defends "men that are attracted to 12 year old girls."
"From the very beginning of time," he posted in a Facebook discussion, "men have taken young girls (prior to periods) as wives and concubines. Even the bible talks of this so don't make it sound like men that are attracted to 12 year old girls are sick. . . . It's only normal and you can't change normal or a person's DNA."
A woman, Jeannie Dannler, comments below that: "Don't vote for this guy! There must be better candidates in his district!"