Critics are accusing Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land of using the crisis in Syria to raise money for her campaign.
They are demanding Land apologize but her supporters say there is nothing for her to apologize for.
Land sent out an appeal in the form of a petition last week urging Gary Peters, the presumptive Democratic nominee in the race who will fill Senator Carl Levin's seat, to oppose any U.S. military intervention in Syria such as Land herself does.
Included was a "donate now" option to her campaign. She has been getting heaps of scorn for it ever since and demands for an apology.
"There is no question it was in incredibly poor taste and I think it just underscores why so many Republicans are concerned about Terri Lynn Land's vulnerability in a general election," said Joe DiSano, a political consultant.
Land isn't budging and no apology is forthcoming. Former congressional candidate and supporter Rocky Raczkowski, speaking on behalf of Land, says there is no need for an apology.
"I don't think she was really raising money. She was asking people to sign a petition to send to their elected representatives. Now, I served overseas two tours and I would stand up for the right for Terri Land to do what she did," said Raczkowski.
He sees this as a manufactured controversy courtesy of the Democrats. However, a high-profile Republican political strategist who spoke with Local 4 on the condition of anonymity made it clear that virtually anything can be used for a fundraising appeal, however:
"This was a ham-handed approach. It required finesse and there's non evident."