Oakland County executive asks Michigan GOP to stop ad contrasting county with Detroit

Ad points out difference between Detroit, Oakland County; L. Brooks Patterson asks to have it taken down

Author: Mara MacDonald, Local 4 Reporter, @MaraMacDonald
Published On: Oct 09 2012 10:45:32 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 09 2012 11:01:16 PM EDT
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. -

The Michigan GOP recently released an ad to showcase its Republican leadership in Oakland County.

The first part of the ad portrays a place with "outrageous spending" and "crushing debt," among other not-so-desirable qualities. The ad says that place is Detroit.

Then, the ad touts Oakland County as a successful municipality because "we do things differently in Oakland County." The ad credits good leadership for the county's economic success story.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who is currently convalescing from an August auto crash, saw the ad on cable and asked the Michigan GOP to take it down.

"I've always run political campaigns built on positive messages," Patterson said. "My campaign has asked the independent entity that produced this ad to take it down."

The Michigan GOP said it will abide by the county executive's request.

"We have a tremendous amount of respect for L. Brooks Patterson. Anybody in politics who doesn't respect L. Brooks Patterson probably doesn't know much about politics," said Matt Frendewey, Michigan GOP spokesman. "Again, we're focused on talking about the great things they're doing here in Oakland County and why they should be re-elected."

Michigan GOP's ad contrasts Detroit, Oakland County