Contact: Kelly Collison, (517) 614-5494,
Ayman Khafagi, (734) 846-4100,

Abdul El-Sayed is a Michigan born and raised physician and public health officer who is running to win the Democratic Party nomination for governor.

A long anticipated explicit, xenophobic, Islamophobic, racist attack against Dr. El-Sayed was launched earlier this month. The hate speech did not come from a fringe organization but from Republican candidate for governor Patrick Colbeck. Mr. Colbeck made an unfounded outlandish accusation that Abdul was part of an extremist conspiracy to take over the country. According to Buzzfeed, he made those remarks at an event held by United West. The group has been classified as an “active anti-Muslim group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks the activity of hate organizations.

“While it came as no surprise, we didn’t feel any less disgusted,” said Ayman Khafagi, the Vice Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) Progressive Caucus.

“We believe that the comments are disqualifying and should not be tolerated.” Kelly Collison, the Chair of the MDP Progressive Caucus added: “We believe that we should stand in solidarity and boycott every entity that continues to associate with Mr. Colbeck. Mr. Colbeck and his like should have no place in politics.”

The MDP Progressive Caucus condemns the Republican candidate’s remarks and calls upon all political entities to join us in standing up to bigotry.

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