Plymouth attorney Dana Nessel, who was instrumental in the battle to legalize same-sex marriage, won the the Democratic Party's endorsement Sunday for state attorney general.
Nessel, regarded as a progressive, beat back opposition from organized labor, including the United Auto Workers, which had backed her opponent, former Grand Rapids U.S. Attorney Pat Miles.
Free Press political writer Kathleen Gray wrote that Nessel's victory was an "unprecedented blow to organized labor."
"I think the Democratic Party was ready for a more unconventional candidate and race," said Nessel, who will be the first openly gay candidate to run for statewide office, the Freep reports. "I was really excited to get so many new members signed up. There's a lot of enthusiasm for the party in a way that we haven't seen it for while."
Miles urged his supporters to back Nessel.
"I will fully support the Democratic ticket in the fall," he said. "We need to take the state back for the Demoratic party. We need to unify the party."
Nessel created some controversy with a campaign commercial in which she said:
"When you’re choosing Michigan’s next attorney general, ask yourself this: Who can you trust most not to show you their penis in a professional setting? Is it the candidate who doesn’t have a penis? I’d say so.”