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Hammoud withdraws from Dearborn mayoral race

January 12, 2007

Press release Jan.12/07

DEARBORN ‹ Dearborn mayoral candidate Abed Hammoud announced today that he has withdrawn his candidacy for mayor. The city is holding a special election February 27 to elect a mayor following the death last month of Mayor Michael Guido.

Hammoud's decision came after a breakfast meeting this morning with Mayor Pro Tem and candidate John O'Reilly, Jr. "O'Reilly spelled out his plan for the city and we agreed on most of the issues. I was running to ensure we had a competent and ethical administration, equal application of the law, fiscal responsibility, creative and effective economic development and a transparent and responsive administration. Jack O'Reilly indicated he had the same goals and that he would involve the entire Dearborn community in the process."

"Although I had the full support of my family and a large segment of the Dearborn community, I have decided nonetheless to spare the city from the effort and expense of a campaign." Hammoud said that he had entered the race when it appeared that many serious candidates were running and because of the lack of a primary, anyone could have won. Hammoud said he was concerned for the future of the city and decided to step up to the plate. "Today, I am confident that with my withdrawal, the winner will be a competent and ethical individual," he added, referring to O'Reilly.

"Just over a month after the loss of Mayor Guido, the city needs healing and unity," Hammoud said.

Hammoud thanked all those who contacted him and who expressed support for his campaign.


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41 Comment(s)

I'm waiting for the "Underground" folk to spin this one... could it be that a nefarious scheme does not lurk at every corner? IMPOSSIBLE!

--by Brian on 1/12/07   Lives: Dearborn  

That DEARBORN UNDERGROUND dude is really off the deep end with his theories.

--by USB Port on 1/12/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Hammoud saw the support jack had and decided to cut his own deal and wants us to think he did it for the good of the city. I was born at night, but not Last Night

--by Moe of Dearborn on 1/12/07   Lives: Dearborn  

We all know that Mr. Hammoud dropped out due to the lack of financial backing and support from the Arab community who has gotten on the O'Reilly wagon. Mr. Hammoud has lost credibility within his own community. One could hardly believe that he had the support of "a large part of the community". However, he should be recognized for stepping up to the plate and knowing enough to back out rather than suffer the obvious outcome of losing. Mr. hammoud will continue to blow his own horn as the self proclaimed spokeperson for the Arab community. He will attempt to have his nose in city politics, while remaining an outsider. I hope he realizes that his audience is depleting.

--by Joe on 1/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Abed Hammoud is just trying to get on the winning band wagon. Jack O'Reilly will be the next mayor of Dearborn.

--by watcher. on 1/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Mr Hammouds press release was "fun" reading. Maybe, it should be called a "cut an run" release.

--by Terry on 1/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

To USB Port - Hammoud has already told the press he met for over two hours with O'Reilly. If you don't think deals were cut and promises made in that meeting you are fooling yourself. Some of those promises might not manifest themselves until the 2008 elections.

--by Dearborn Underground on 1/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

It is irresponsible and idiotic comments such as yours that are meant to demean and insult people that I wish Russ would not allow on this website. You have no clue what you are talking about. I was at a community meeting where Hammoud’s candidacy was discussed and the overwhelming majority not only asked him to run but also pledged money on the spot for his campaign. At last count over $64,000 was pledged at that meeting alone but he chose not to accept it until he had met with O’Reilly. That was not even a fund raiser. The only reason he is not running is because he believes in O’Reilly’s vision and intentions for the city. For those of you that think he cut and run because he could not beat O’Reilly, do you really believe that he had a better shot against Mayor Guido in 2001? Even if John F Kennedy came back to life and ran against Guido he would have lost to him in Dearborn. Not only is Hammoud not afraid of a fight, in the last few elections he is the only person that had the guts to stand up to Guido and the Dearborn machine and that was the year of 9/11.

For anyone that thinks he cut a deal what can they possibly offer him that would be better then his current job as a lead attorney? His current position is better than the city attorney job others have claimed he was offered.

I will admit I am close to Mr. Hammoud. With him what you see is what you get and he has never grandstanded for anyone. I have told you before and I will tell you again, trust me when I say, HE DOES NOT NEED DEARBORN: HE LOVES IT. He is a very successful prosecutor who has skyrocketed in stature at the county offices. He has received countless offers from the private industry where he could make an obscene amount of money and he doesn’t care for it. The only thing he has ever cared about is undeserving citizens like you. I have repeatedly asked him not to bother with it and his answer has always been the same: How is corruption in Dearborn going to end if the people running the city don’t feel the heat form the outside.
I don’t know why I still read Russ Gibb. All I ever see is a bunch of bigots and racists with self serving agendas. I have to hope that people with nasty attitudes like yours eventually realize the error of your ways and start contributing more positively to our community.

--by LIFE LONG DEARBORN CITIZEN on 1/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Two hours!? MY GOD! If "Dearborn Underground" is correct, they could have eaten a full 3-course meal with desserts and conversation! There's a scheme in the works... all we have to do is find out how long it takes O'Reilly and Hammoud to eat, their rate of chewing and digestion and we may be able to find out HOW MUCH negotiations went on!


--by Brian on 1/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Wanna know something ? Abed Hammoud is a wheeler and dealer. Abed takes care of Abed . As for Russ Gibb and his site ALL people can have a say, pro and con.

--by D. Moses on 1/13/07   Lives: Michigan  

Why I read Russ's blog ? Because on it you can read what people are really thinking without the politcal correct filter of our local and metro newspapers.

--by Thue Seeker on 1/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

D. Moses:
Can you please tell me how you have such an intimate understanding of Abed Hammoud? Unless of course you stalk him to give your life meaning.

--by LIFE LONG DEARBORN CITIZEN on 1/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

To his royal Brianness

FYI, the person posting as "Dearborn Underground" here is not affiliated with the site where you left your recent sanctimonious comments.

For the record, Hammoud probably saw that he couldn't win this one. He will run again someday I'm sure.

--by Bruce Almighty on 1/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Lifelong Dearborn Citizen sure sounds like Aimee to me!

--by Castro Carazo on 1/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

to D. Moses, you say "Abed takes care of Abed." I wish you put forth one instance when he personally benefited from his involvement in our community. A job? for him? his family? money? appointments? being home with kids? buildings named after him? Montgomery Ward sold purchased from him at great profit? I dont get it
I dont know him or you but from what I can see, he spends, time, effort and money trying to serve our city. If he makes mistakes, he is human. If you disagree with him, this is democracy. When are we going to be civilized and stop the character assasination? If you know how he benefits PERSONALLY and concretely, please enlighten us.

--by Grow Up on 1/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Dearborn underground

the next mayoal elction will be in 2009, not 2008. Gives the next mayor (elected next month) a chanch to prove himself. Unless one of the lesser known candidates get it, O'Reilly is going to be our mayor. This is not an endorsement, but can anybody see it any other way.

--by Dearborn Dude on 1/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

I know the next Mayor's race is in 2009, but there is a District Court race in '08 that Hammoud might be interested in. Mayor O'Reilly's endorsement would be a big help for Abed, who by the way is an accomplished attorney, as several have pointed out on this thread.

--by Dearborn Underground on 1/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Dear Lifelond Dearborn Resident,
Since you were at the meeting to discuss Hammoud's candidacy, I'm sure that you are very familiar with Imad Hamad from the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC). I suggest that you give him a call, he is all to familiar with playing that RACE CARD and referring to 9/11, especially when one disagress with his agenda. As far as Mr. Hammoud, it's quite obvious that his stature in the community is fading. Please tell him that undeserving people like me don't want the likes of him representing them in local politics. And by the way, I would have never voted for Kennedy because I tend to vote Republican!

--by Joe on 1/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

As Bruce Almighty has pointed out, and I reiterate, the person posting in this forum as "Dearborn Underground" has no affiliation with the blog by that name, nor does he speak for us. To enjoy the original Dearborn Underground, visit

TR Clancy

--by TR Clancy on 1/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

You are even more idiotic than I had thought. I did not use 9/11 in terms of a race card. It was to prove Mr. Hammoud's willingness to run against people he does not agree with. As for as you go, I don’t know who the heck you are but I am sure that you must be an uninformed, uneducated, moron with nothing better to do then make yourself feel better by demeaning people. Maybe you can find enough time when you are not standing in the unemployment line or cashing your welfare check to research your supposed claims of knowledge. Unless of course you are Sharon Dulmage or Linda Moallam (Abraham), then in that case it is understandable that you would want to write the things you write because you are just a couple of bitter old hags who are still not over the fact that you will never win when you are not on the side of Abed Hammoud.
On the other hand you vote republican so you are the type of person that supports racial profiling, prisoner torture, and closing our borders to anyone who is not a WASP.

--by LIFE LONG DEARBORN CITIZEN on 1/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Life long Dearborn Citizen, I don't know who you are, But your vitriolic comments reminds me of Mr Hammounds puppet on the Dearborn Board of Education Aimee Blackburn. I voted for Blackburn the last time, but NEVER again now that I know who the puppet master really is.

--by Edsel Ford promoter on 1/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Funny , how every time a Hammoud supporter writes on this site, I lose more and more respect for Mr Hammoud.

--by American Arab on 1/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

What a jerk, Life long Dearborn Citizen,is.
Calling all Republicans people , now I quote " A person that supports racial profiling, prisoner torture, and closing our borders to anyone who is not a WASP. " is as racist a remark as I have ever read.
You need help. If you are a Hammoud Democratic Party supporter you do the man more harm than good.

--by Proud Republican on 1/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

If Republicans are accused of closing our borders to anybody but WASPs . Please tell me how all of our new Ameican citizens from the Middle East got here ? Life long Dearborn citizen just doe'nt make any sense.

--by T. J. Rinowski on 1/14/07   Lives: Detroit area  

I believe that Abed Hammoud is sincere and it was very big of him to withdraw from the race after meeting with O'Reilly. Abed Hammoud is a smart, successful citizen that truly cares about this community. Some people criticize him because he is outspoken and speaks out when he feels that something is unfair. I think it is a great thing that O'Reilly and Hammoud met and came to an understanding. Jack O'Reilly is well liked by many, many citizens of Dearborn, he has proven himself to be a man of integrity. That is why I think he will be our next mayor. This is a step forward for the city. However, we have those antagonistic citizens who choose to see everything in a negative way and refuse, no matter what to even try and see the positive side of things. Those people, such as JOE for example are the kinds of people who set our city back. Why doesn't JOE ask his buddy "W" for a job in the white house, maybe "W" will send JOE to Iraq with the rest of the thousands of troops that he is sending. People like Moses and JOE don't compare to Abed, he doesn't even know they exist.

--by The Tractor on 1/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

They got here before Bush and the 'New republicans" took over. Their record speaks for itself... Try these on for size "IRAQ, PATRIOT ACT, ABU GHRAIB, FENCING OF MEXICO, AND GUANTANAMO BAY" I cant believe you even admit to being a republican.

--by LIFE LONG DEARBORN CITIZEN on 1/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Life long citizen of Dearborn , reveals his true idenity A leftist Democratic Party hack of Abed Hammouds. Hammoud had no chance in hell to win the race for mayor , so he is trying to cozy up to the next Mayor of Dearborn, Jack O'Reilly , Thank God Jack is a moderat Democrat and will see through Hammouds ploy.

--by Independent voter on 1/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

What a laugh, Reading Hammouds small group of supporters kissing up to Jack O'Reilly. Or maybe Abed is writing all the comments. LOL

--by Got ya. on 1/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Lifelong Dearborn Resident,
If you are going to call me names and throw accusations my way, please make sure that you spell my name correctly. The first name is L-Y-N-D-A and the last name is M-U-A-L-E-M. Do your homework. By the likes of your posting, it is you who is bitter. Have a great week!

--by Lynda Mualem on 1/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Lifelong Citizen (Spineless):

If you are going to attack someone all parties would appreciate if you signed your name. You are truly a pathetic excuse of a citizen. This is a classic example of what kind of people Abed Hammoud assiociates himself with.

--by HADDAM on 1/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Put your name out there and be a real man or woman as the case may be. If you are going to malign people by name-then don't you hide behind a screen name. It does not help to make you sound any more credible-and I am not saying you sound at all credible. Plus, the total misspelling of the name of those you are maligning makes you seem incredibly inept, uneducated, and bitter. By the way, is your name Aimee.

--by Put up or shut up Lifelong Dbn Res on 1/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Lynda why didnt you post by your real name Joe, Independent voter, got ya, and Moses as well as many others.

--by HAHAHAHAHA on 1/14/07   Lives: Michigan  

I think it's safe to say that by this point, everyone who has posted here has been accused of being racist, a godless liberal or even worse: a school board member.

It's America, folks!

--by Brian on 1/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

There hasn't been this much controversy in this column since Russ wished everyone a Merry Christmas which just goes to prove what my mom always said - Religion and politics brings out the best and the worst in people.

--by Claudia on 1/15/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Maureen Kean-Doran made it clear that she withdrew from the race for mayor because she couldn't beat Jack O'Reilly head-to-head. She needed other major candidates to draw votes from Jack to stand a chance. It appears that same reasoning probably played a factor in Hammoud's decision. There is no big shame in recognizing a fruitless effort. It is also not surprising that Hammoud would explain his decision without mentioning the fact that he would certainly lose. That's just politics for someone who has future plans. The key to Hammoud and Kean-Doran withdrawing, I think, was Tom Tafelski's withdrawal. His decision prompted Kean-Doran's, and the two combined left the race as Hammoud versus O'Reilly, a race that Hammoud wouldn't win. As far as some here defending Hammoud's self-proclaimed title as 'leader' of the Dearborn Arab-American community, please note that Robert Saleh, who is another attorney and a life-long citizen of Dearborn, publicly denounced AAPAC's leaders - who include Hammoud as their founder. That is when AAPAC was trying to put a convicted multiple-felon on the Dearborn School Board. So, in addition to the postings of Lynda Mualem and other Arab-Americans above, the opposition of Mr. Saleh makes it apparent that Mr. Hammoud does not enjoy the support of the widespread Arab-American community. I don't see how that fact itself can even be debated. The only reason it is controversial is that Mr. Hammoud and AAPAC keep insisting they do speak for the whole community.

--by John Higgins on 1/15/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Not wanting to change the subject(negative), we as Dearbonite's need to clean our city from the corruption that has been increasing year over year. In addition, Mr. Hammoud doesn't represent the "arabic" community except for his org. The so-called leaders within the arabic community and west Dearborn are the old guards who's main goals are themselves and/or their organizations. The old guards are NOT looking for the best interests of the City. As they say: "out with the old, and in with the new". Stop splitting the city. There should be no "us" versus "them" mentality. We all share the same objectives and have the same complaints: efficient city, clean & safe, excellent services.

--by Clean Dearborn on 1/16/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Since there is a short amount of time before the election, can we discuss why or why not O'Reilly should or should not become the next mayor? What are the other candidates lacking? This is a perfect place to educate the unaware about some basic information regarding the people still IN the election!

--by Just Turned Old Enough To Vote!!!! on 1/16/07   Lives: Dearborn  

FYI: AAPAC does not represent the arab american community, matter of fact they only represent a small segment of the Lebanese community in Dearborn and the latest election results have proven that. In addition to those who don't prescribe to AAPAC within the lebanese community, you still have Palestenian's, Syrian's, Iraqi's, & Yemeni's who reside in Dearborn. There's even a Yemeni PAC which counter's that.

--by Eastend Pride on 1/17/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Reading all these posts makes me wonder if there is any unity in Dearborn. I think Mike would be shaking his head to see all the disunity in his beloved city. Move on...the guy withdrew from the race. Closed case...We need to concentrate on keeping business in Dearborn alive.

--by AH on 1/27/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Hey, "--by AH"

Dearborn is a city of wonder - you look at it and you wonder - if there is unity that is - We have diaspora for the Arabs but, alas no unity

--by Nabs on 1/30/07   Lives: Dearborn  

I would like to see Fundarski get elected because I want to see him tax the airplanes that fly over Dearborn. Maybe the pilots can roll down the window at 5,000 feet and throw coins out like at a toll booth.

--by Fundarski Fan on 2/10/07   Lives: Another country  

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