Manoogian praises Biden for auto industry help during DNC speech

    State Rep. Mari Manoogian is part of the DNC keynote address, Aug. 18, 2020

    State Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) Tuesday praised Joe Biden, former vice president and current Democratic presidential hopeful, for his support of the Detroit Three during the auto bailout of 2008-09 during her Democratic National Convention (DNC) remarks. 

    “When the auto industry was going under, Joe stuck his neck out to protect it and helped save 1.5 million auto jobs,” Manoogian said, referring to the industry’s struggles during the Great Recession in 2009.

    In her prime-time address Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also touted Biden’s record on the auto bailout, as the Advance previously reported.

    The 27-year-old Manoogian was part of a pre-recorded message along with 16 other “rising stars” in the Democratic Party that included Stacey Abrams, who ran for Georgia governor in 2018, and U.S. Rep. Colin Allred (D-Texas). Their remarks were interspersed in a video package that aired in prime time. 

    Manoogian flipped a state House seat in 2018. Now she’s addressing the DNC.

    “Joe knows we can never let hard times turn us against each other,” Manoogian said about Biden.

    Manoogian, an Armenian American, is the youngest woman serving in the Michigan Legislature. In 2018, she flipped an open Oakland County House seat. Manoogian used her portion of the DNC address to lift up the economic importance of mom-and-pop businesses, saying, “Small business owners, like the ones whose shops and restaurants line the streets of Birmingham, Mich.”

    Manoogian also described Biden’s support of the Affordable Care Act, as “a big effing deal,” echoing his off-the-cuff remarks as vice president.

    Ken Coleman
    Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.