Yusif “Joe” Barakat plans to be Michigan’s next U.S. senator, and believes he can get to Washington, D.C., on a platform of “meaningful change” versus politics as usual.
The Hamburg Township Democrat, 78, is confident he can win with almost nil campaign funds in a race that is increasingly gaining national attention.
“My mission is to help change the planet. There’s an expression that says it’s only crazy people who think they can change the world and they’re usually the ones that can,” Barakat said.
“I may be at windmills. I’ve been called Don Quixote before,” he added.
Barakat, a Palestinian native, is in the process of getting enough signatures to appear on the Democratic primary ballot in August. U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, is also running for the spot.
The Democratic winner in the race for the seat, currently filled by outgoing Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, is likely to face Republican and former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land in November’s general election for a six-year term.
Barakat has made local headlines for his participation in peace rallies and for his pro-Palestinian political views. While critical of the United States’ close ties to Israel, he said he’s also concerned about schools, roads and helping the elderly.
He has no outright criticism of Peters, but Barakat thinks Congress in general isn’t serving the public.
I checked the FEC report and no committee was listed. If he really is a candidate, he needs to send his stuff to the FEC.