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Wed Jan 31, 2018, 10:42 AM

'Birther Tactics' -- Abdul El-Sayed Reacts to Ballot Ineligibility Question

Political newcomer Abdul El-Sayed, seeking this year's Democratic nomination for governor, expected rough stuff during the campaign.

"But here's something we didn't expect," his communications director writes Tuesday in a hastily emailed letter to backers and others on a contact list. "Establishment Democrats [are] resorting to the type of birther tactics that opponents to Barack Obama used to discredit his run for the presidency," says the letterhead message -- part damage control and part fund-raising appeal.

The email blast is a response to a Bridge magazine article that says El-Sayed may not meet the requirement of being a "registered elector in this state" for four years before November's vote. That's "completely baseless," the letter says. (Details from the article are in the original version of this article below.)

The candidate himself uses the same hot-button phrase in a six-tweet thread. "Establishment Democratic insiders . . . [are] resorting to the kinds of Trump birther tactics that the GOP used against @BarackObama. Itís really heartbreaking," posts El-Sayed, who claims unnamed party opponents "feel so threatened by my run."

Read more: http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/19215/update_birther_tactics_--_abdul_el-sayed_reacts_to_ballot_ineligibility_claim#.WnHVR3xG3RY

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