Falsely calling Mallory McMorrow a "groomer" didn't work out as well as Lana Theis had hoped.
Politico reports fundraising totals following the April missive by the Republican state senator of Brighton show the claim backfired, as McMorrow responded with a fiery floor speech that catapulted her to Democratic Party stardom.
In the fundraising email, ... Theis ... said colleagues like McMorrow were “outraged” that they couldn’t “groom and sexualize kindergartners.” The charge prompted McMorrow to make a spirited speech in the Senate in her own defense — a speech that went viral and made her a political celebrity on the left.
Theis didn’t see an influx of small-dollar donations from the solicitation — her take from individual donors was just $235. But McMorrow used the response to her speech to build a data base of 11,000 donors from all 50 states, according to her husband and treasurer Ray Wert.
The first-term senator raised more than $1 million afterward. She's running for re-election against State Sen. Marshall Bullock in the newly carved 8th District, which encompasses Birmingham, Royal Oak and part of northwest Detroit. Because the district is all but sure to go blue, the winner of Tuesday's primary will likely secure a second term. The Free Press reports its McMorrow's race to lose:
Bullock, a former city of Detroit district manager, already faced an uphill battle against McMorrow in the Aug. 2 primary — the new district includes much more of the white suburban voters from McMorrow's current district than the Black Detroiters and Downriver residents in Bullock's.
Throw in some substantial national exposure and the corresponding influx of cash, and that's a scenario most political opponents would find daunting.