Rep. Debbie Dingell implied Saturday that Muslim Abdul El-Sayed, a fellow Democrat seeking the party's gubernatorial nomination in Michigan, would face more obstacles because of his faith in the general election than the candidate she supports.
Dingell, like virtually all of the state's Democratic establishment, is backing Gretchen Whitmer, the former Michigan Senate minority leader who leads in polls on the Aug. 7 primary.
After Dingell spoke at a rally held by the Michigan Nurses Association, a labor union locked in a contentious contract fight with the University of Michigan Health System, HuffPost asked Dingell why she was supporting Whitmer.
"We gotta win" the open governor's seat, Dingell replied. "We hope Abdul stays very engaged in public policy. I think he's one of the brightest people I know."