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ELECTION 2012: In 71st, Abed Challenges Shaugnessy in Re-Match of 2010 Race

Rep. Deb Shaughnessy (left) defeated Theresa Abed (right) in 2010.
Scott Pohl
Rep. Deb Shaughnessy (left) defeated Theresa Abed (right) in 2010.

In Eaton County this year, the state house election is a rematch of the 2010 vote.

Republican Deb Shaughnessy beat Democrat Theresa by more than 6,000 votes two years ago.


This time around, Theresa Abed feels that things have changed enough to give her some optimism.

Abed is critical of Shaughnessy’s votes that helped push Governor Rick Snyder’s economic package through the legislature. She says the result has hurt families, workers, and education.

Shaughnessy counters that the legislature has focused on job creation and long-term solutions she thinks will make Michigan’s economy more sustainable going into the future.

Opponents of that approach have argued that billions of dollars were taken from seniors and schoolkids, and given to the business community. Shaughnessy argues that in the long run, the focus has to remain on how to make Michigan competitive for jobs while balancing budgets.

Both campaigns have been cited by the Michigan Truth Squad with what they call “fouls” for misleading voters.


Shaughnessy has run a radio ad attacking a vote cast by Abed as a county commissioner. The Truth Squad says that the vote in question lowered commissioner salaries by 5%. It also granted health care benefits to commissioners with at least 25 years of service, a level Abed is unlikely to reach herself. The same claim was made in 2010, and the Truth Squad has given it a “foul” both times.

They’ve also given a “foul” to an Abed mailer claiming that Shaughnessy’s tax vote would cost every retired couple $3,000 a year. The Truth Squad says that claim is untrue.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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