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Michigan’s Invisible Senator Failed To Get Results for Cherry Farmers

Michigan Farm Bureau’s AgriPac Chose to Endorse John James for Senate in 2020

Traverse City, Mich. — Today Michigan’s Invisible Senator will show up in Traverse City full of empty talk for Northern Michigan’s farming families. Despite campaign promises that talk up his “work” for cherry farmers the fact is…he can’t get results.

Peters has tried to cover up his record of ineffectiveness and failure for Michigan’s farmers with TV ads, but the claims don’t stand up to the facts:

  • Peters failed to get aid for Michigan’s cherry farmers suffering from unfair trade practices. Bridge Michigan’s headline on Peters’ ad touting his work to help Michigan’s cherry growers said it all: “Peters ad accurately touts work for farmers, omits lack of success.”
  • Peters’ campaign talking points for farmers glosses over his bad record for Michigan farmers, including his support for the burdensome Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule that ignored the concerns of farmers around the country.
  • On the campaign trail, Peters also ignores his failure to prepare the country to deal with a pandemic, which has hit farmers hard, stalling harvesting and processing operations.

This year, the Michigan Farm Bureau’s AgriPac designated John James among those who are a “Friend of Agriculture,” endorsing James over Peters in the 2020 U.S. Senate race in Michigan.

“Farms are taking the double-hit of stressed supply chains and inability to get the labor we need on our farms. Because of that, we aren’t going to be able to get our apple crop in this year,” said Dorance Amos, owner of Amos Farms LLC near Traverse City. “We could have mitigated these problems if our elected officials like Sen. Peters had shown up to work and taken the information they were given seriously. That’s why we need to elect a leader like John James, who understands business but also understands that protecting this country means showing up.”

“Sen. Peters is taking credit for other people’s work while trying to erase his own terrible track record with Michigan’s farmers– but they aren’t buying it,” said Abby Walls, campaign spokesperson.  “Michigan farmers chose to back John James because they know, as a family business owner himself, he understands the situation they are in and can trust that he will get results.”

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