Clinton set to bring de Blasio, Steinem to Michigan

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Another wave of out-of-state Democratic Party surrogates supporting presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is headed this weekend to Michigan.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin and activist Gloria Steinem will fan out across the state Saturday and Sunday as part of the Clinton campaign’s effort to register new voters before the Oct. 11 deadline.

Their arrival will come on the heels of a four-city tour U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will do for Clinton on Thursday. Sanders is planning to hold campaign rallies in Dearborn, Ann Arbor, East Lansing and Grand Rapids.

On Monday and Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey is expected to visit the state, with events planned for Michigan State University and Wayne State University, according to the Clinton campaign.

De Blasio will headline the Oakland County Democratic Party’s 56th annual Phil Hart Dinner Sunday night at Farina's Banquet Center in Berkley, said Frank Houston, chairman of the county Democratic Party.

“We’re excited to have Mayor de Blasio to come in and speak to Oakland County residents about what’s at stake in this election,” Houston said Wednesday. “Mayor de Blasio has represented a vision and the values that Democrats are fighting for in this election — from immigration issues to economic issues to how we all work together in public service and government.”

The New York mayor plans to campaign Sunday for Clinton in Detroit, according to the Clinton campaign.

In recent weeks, the former secretary of state’s campaign has been sending a steady stream of surrogates to Michigan while Clinton has focused her efforts in Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Clinton was in Toledo on Monday, the closest she has been to Michigan since Aug. 11.

By contrast, her Republican opponent Donald Trump has been to Michigan five times since his national convention in July. Trump held a large rally Friday in Novi.

Former President Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife on Monday in Flint and Saginaw.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley was in the state on Saturday for a five-city campaign swing to help Hillary Clinton. Last Friday, Chelsea Clinton campaigned for her mother in Traverse City.

Moore, an African-American congresswoman from Milwaukee, will make campaign stops for Clinton on Saturday and Sunday in Kalamazoo, Benton Harbor, Muskegon and Grand Rapids.

Steinem is slated to attend two “Women for Hillary” events Saturday in Royal Oak and Ypsilanti.

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