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Duggan lawyers accuse labor activist of pre-election "political stunt"

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Butch Hollowell, an attorney for Mike Duggan Butch Hollowell, an attorney for Mike Duggan
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The Mike Duggan campaign is accusing labor activist Robert Davis of trying to pull off a "pre-election stunt" to influence the outcome of tomorrow's vote for Mayor of Detroit. Davis wanted Duggan to testify on his role in the selection of an emergency manager in Detroit, but the court ruled Duggan did not have to appear on Monday.
 
Lawyers for the state and Duggan wanted the court to toss out the suit describing it as "a political stunt." Those are the words of attorney John Pirrch. He told the judge Davis was trying to influence the mayoral election during the eleventh hours. "To file a lawsuit on the Thursday before the election and schedule without any communication a deposition of a mayoral candidate is outrageous. Plain and simple, outrageous," Pirrch continues.  

But the Davis attorney told the judge voters needed to know what Duggan said, as outlined in a series of emails with the governor's office on the emergency manager issue.

"Mike Duggan is Governor Snyder's hand picked candidate not only for mayor of the city of Detroit but he was also his candidate for emergency manager," Davis says.

"The email show Mike Duggn - didn't have anything to do with the selection of the emergency manager - asked for it's delay," says Butch Hollowell, Duggan's attorney. Hollwell tried to draw a link to Davis' support for challenger Benny Napoleon: "I think it is self evident. I think its transparent. This is transparently political."

Davis maintains he did not file directly or indirectly on behalf of Napoleon.

The judge ruled Duggan did not have to testify Monday and, by waiting so long to file the suit, the judge concluded Davis was trying to create an emergency that the judge was not buying.

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