By Charles Sercombe
Hamtramck’s mayoral election is heating up.
How can we tell?
It’s getting dirty.
As in any competitive campaign in Hamtramck, that’s bound to happen.
Slurs, smears, sign stealing, and outright lies are the norm here, where politics is considered a blood sport.
The target, so far, is Mayor Karen Majewski, who is facing three challengers.
Supporters of other mayoral candidates have taken to social media to bash Majewski.
The lowest blow so far is from a poster on a Facebook page called Hamtramck Square.
A person named Hasan Rahman, which may or may not be an alias, said that the mayor, who is in her 60s, is too old and is past menopause.
Yes, that person went there.
He was complaining about the ongoing flooding issue, and how the mayor has failed, in 16 years, to come up with a solution, adding:
“What can she do when she has passed menopause? It should be referred to retirement and leave the opportunity for new blood to heal the wound and fix what can be repaired.”
On her own Facebook page, Majewski had this simple reply:
“Ageist. Sexist. And typical.”
Nasr Hussain, a former Hamtramck School Boardmember and the owner of a Hamtramck print shop called Nahshal Graphics, has also been active on the Hamtramck Square page, attacking the mayor of a wide variety of failings and shortcomings. He has accused her of being incompetent, corrupt; of dealing special favors to friends; and a whole host of other crimes and misdemeanors.
Former Councilmember Cathie Gordon, who has been a vocal critic of the mayor, surprisingly came to her support on Facebook and yelling in capital letters said to Hussain:
“What exactly would you want Karen to do??? SHE HAS NO POWER. Sadly, this city is what it is because of your council, which you put in place. READ her job description in the charter, then MAYBE you’ll get it!”
There is a little over a week to go before the Aug. 3 primary, so the mud is bound to get thicker.
Out of the four mayoral candidates, the two-top vote-getters from the primary will advance to the November election.
Posted July 23, 2021