While polls show him lagging in third place in a three-candidate primary, Abdul El-Sayed promises to shock the political world Aug. 7 by becoming Michigan's Democratic nominee for governor.
He's running an ambitious campaign that mirrors the success political novice Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used to knock off incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley last month in a New York primary. Volunteers are knocking on thousands of doors. His platform calls for a universal health care for all Michigan residents and free college tuition for students whose parents make less than $150,000.
El-Sayed is trying to become the nation's first Muslim governor. That might be a nice milestone. But his connections and actions over the years indicate that – while his political agenda is "progressive," his core beliefs are rooted in very conservative Sunni ideology.