Debbie Stabenow Touts Businessman's Support. Her GOP Foe Has the Perfect Response
On Monday afternoon, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) released a video ad on Twitter, boasting the support of Tim Suprise, founder of Arcadia Brewing Company. Without wasting a beat, her Republican challenger, combat veteran John James, responded with a video of his own, featuring none other than Tim Suprise.
"Senator Stabenow has really supported small business and as a small, craft beer owner that has mattered tremendously to us," Suprise said in the Stabenow ad. He emphasized that small businesses "are the engines of economic growth, we employ as a percentage, more of the people than the large corporations."
Suprise concluded, "it’s a real privilege when you have a leader that steps up, regardless of what side of the aisle they stand on, for the real important issues that matter in our state."
Make no mistake: Stabenow had a solid advertisement. John James stole her thunder, however, by responding with his own Tim Suprise ad.
"Tim! We love Tim. We ran into him just last week," James tweeted. "Tim, a fmr. Reserve officer in the U.S. Army, said: 'You need to look at the leadership, the experience, and I believe the kind of presence that we need in Washington, in John James for US Senate.'"
Indeed, of John James Suprise declared, "As a former reserve officer in the United States Army, I know that that kind of leadership is exactly what we need not only for our representative in the Senate from Michigan, but for the United States. John James."
While Suprise has praised both Debbie Stabenow and John James, it seems he has endorsed neither.
"We talked to him after he talked to Stabenow. He didn't explicitly endorse us," Tom Goodman, communications director for John James, told PJ Media on Monday. He emphasized the upcoming John James rally featuring vice president Mike Pence.
Gabriel Suprise, the Arcadia founder's son, told PJ Media, "I think Tim finds appealing aspects of both candidates for office, but I’m not sure he specifically endorsed one or the other."