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We understand the game of writing endorsements better than most but even we could feel the personal pain when the Detroit Free Press editorial board came out with its October 19 endorsement of Democrat David Coulter for Oakland County Executive, who we also supported. In backing the apppointed-incumbent (a one-time county commissioner and former mayor of Ferndale), they dissed his opponent as “an obscure and underfunded Republican challenger.” Underfunded, yes. Obscure, ouch! When they finally did mention Republican Mike Kowall by name, (who is a former state Senator, state Representative and former White Lake Township Supervisor, by the way) halfway through the endorsement, they threw some added shade by describing him as “ex-legislator from one of the county’s most remote townships,” a description generally reserved for Oakland environs like Addison, Rose or Groveland townships, not White Lake. Our thoughts – next time get a map and lay off the pipe, just a bit.


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