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campaign tactics of
Stephen P. Korn, a judicial
candidate for 46th District
Cou , have this Southfield at-
torney playing political defense.
Mr. Korn hired a local ac-
counting firm to survey Oakland
County lawyers, asking those
who have appeared in front of his
opponent, Judge Susan Moiseev,
to comment on her "judicial tem-
Following the completion of the
survey, Mr. Korn reprinted pages
of negative quotes from unnamed
attorneys. The responses, com-
ments like "rude, witch and un-
stable," were then circulated to
voters. Mr. Korn said he spent
$7,500 on the survey.
Judge Moiseev, who practiced
family law and was appointed to
the bench in 1986 and re-elected
in 1988, has since altered her
"We've been required to re-
spond to negative campaigning,"
said Alan Feuer, Judge Moiseev's
campaign manager. "This inci-
dent has galvanized the commu-
nity, who are offended by his
tactics. People are now taking a
closer look at the campaign. With
his assault, a lot of people want
to make sure she wins."
Mr. Korn, who refused to par-
ticipate in the Oakland County
Bar Association's (OCBA) candi-
date evaluation process, said he
conducted the survey to "refute
the bogus rating system of the
Mr. Korn maintains that he is
against participating in the sur-
vey-because the rating process is
conducted by a 45-member com-
mittee and does not include a poll
of all OCBA members.
Following this incident, the
OCBA released a statement en-
couraging all candidates to par-
ticipate in their evaluation
"When a candidate does not attorney, make her own informed
participate, the public is deprived decision. She sent Mr. Korn a let-
of the considered judgment of the ter stating she thought his cam- .
committee as to the candidate's paign was one of the most
qualifications," said Wendy L. despicable campaigns she has II
witnessed. She thanked him for
Potts, OCBA president.
Tom Shields, of Marketing sending the survey because it in-
Resource Group, a Lansing- spired her to make a contribution
based Republican political con- to Ms. Moiseev's campaign.
suiting firm, said Mr. Korn's cam-
paign has the potential of
"If this is successful, it will not
speak well for future judicial cam-
Mr. Korn maintains his cam-
paign style is not dirty politics.
"You may not like the message,
but as a candidate, I have the
obligation to bring out the truth
so voters can make an informed
The survey helped Miriam
'merman, a Bloomfield Township
Mr. Shields said Mr. Korn's at-
tack lacks strength.
"Attorneys don't have a lot of
credibility with the public and
neither do quotes from unnamed
"Because people are more
likely to believe something neg-
ative about someone political, the
negative campaigning seems to
stick. A candidate engaged in
negative campaigning has to
walk a fine line. There is a point
where the negativity becomes ex-
cessive, either by volume or cross-
ing the line on a personal attack.
In every case, there is some back-
lash. The question is just how
Four Proposals For State Voters
JENNIFER FINER STAFF WRITER
Michigan voter would
have to live in a cave not
to know there is an elec-
Even if that cave had a tele-
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side world, chances are the cave
dweller — like many other vot-
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four statewide proposals ap-
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While a good deal of advertis-
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voted to Proposal C, an
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to establish a Michigan State
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Proposal A, if passed, could have
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State Sen. Jack Faxon was a
delegate to the last convention,