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Failure to show up an issue in 11th District race

The three candidates running for Congress in the 11th District agreed on very little at a forum in Birmingham Monday - except the failure of the fourth candidate, businessman David Trott, to appear.

Bobby McKenzie, running as a Democrat, says he disagrees with many of the positions taken by  his opponents, "but showing up matters, and the three of us showed up. 

Mr. Trott was supposed to be here - didn't show up.  What kind of representative do you think he's gonna be?" he told a crowd at Seaholm High School.

In a written response, the Trott campaign said Dave Trott had a conflict the same time as the forum (October 20) and at no time was that an option for a debate.

"I realize Robert McKenzie is getting desperate, since a poll was just released showing him 12 points down,"  according to Trott spokeswoman Megan Piwowar.  "But it doesn't mean he can stop telling the truth.  Dave is debating his opponent this week on Flashpoint.  These candidates, especially Mr. McKenzie, should stop lying like McKenzie did when he committed to the Highland forum earlier this month and then failed to show up at the last minute."

Kerry Bentivolio, the incumbant Congressman, is running a write-in campaign after losing the Republican primary to David Trott.

John J. Tatar is running as a Libertarian Party candidate.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.