MI: Candidate, Arab Leader Clear the Air


DeVOS, LOCAL ARAB LEADER CLEAR THE AIR

In an effort to clear the air with the local Arab community, Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos initiated a last-minute meeting Monday night with Arab American Public Affairs Council President Osama Siblani, according to DeVos' campaign officials.

DeVos was in Dearborn to have dinner with Arab-American leaders and invited Siblani to talk about the recent "misunderstandings," DeVos spokesman John Truscott said Tuesday.

DeVos was on the political hot seat last week after bowing out of a scheduled dinner tonight sponsored by AAPAC. Truscott said DeVos canceled because he had a family conflict, but also had concerns about pro-Hezbollah comments made by Siblani.

"They aired their concerns both ways, and they're very comfortable with where they're at right now," Truscott said.

Siblani, who publishes the Arab American News, said the meeting went well and that it's time to move on.

"He explained that the campaign made mistakes," Siblani said.

No other political candidates have backed out of any AAPAC functions, he said.

 


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