Republicans to hand out 'baseball cards' mocking Gary Peters in Michigan

Republicans to hand out 'baseball cards' mocking Gary Peters in Michigan
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The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the Senate GOP's campaign arm, will hand out “baseball cards” mocking Sen. Gary PetersGary Charles PetersTop Democrats say postmaster confirmed changes to mail service amid delays The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (D-Mich.) at this weekend’s Republican Leadership Conference in Mackinac, Mich.

The NRSC said in a statement that the cards will highlight how Peters “remains the most unknown senator in the country because he has failed to stand up for the principles and priorities of Michigan voters.”

There will be five cards, all of which intentionally give Peters an incorrect first name, including "Jerry Peters, aka The Invisible Man," "Larry Peters, aka Motorcycle Guy," "Barry Peters, aka Socialist's BFF," "Terry Peters, aka K-Street's Favorite Hypocrite," and "Harry Peters, aka He's Just There."

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The NRSC’s statement linked to a Detroit News survey of 600 likely Michigan voters which found that about 36 percent had not heard of him and a Morning Consult poll which found that 40 percent of respondents had no opinion of him. 

"Michigan voters are encouraged to collect all five baseball cards to learn more about Peters' lack of accomplishments, hypocrisy, and associations with the most radical members of his party," said NRSC spokesman Nathan Brand in a statement. 

In response, Michigan Democratic Party spokesperson Alex Japko went after a prominent contender in the Republican Senate primary and defended Peters' record of accomplishments.

"While John James just lost a Senate race last year after declaring his 2000% support for President TrumpDonald John TrumpUPS, FedEx shut down calls to handle mail-in ballots, warn of 'significant' problems: report Controversial GOP Georgia candidate attempts to distance from QAnon Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days MORE, Gary Peters is a battle-tested incumbent who was the state's top vote getter and is on track to win in 2020 because he's focused on being an effective and bipartisan leader who puts Michigan first and delivers results," Japko said in a statement to The Hill.

James is running for Peter's seat as a Republican. He previously ran for Senate in 2018 but lost to Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowACLU calls on Congress to approve COVID-19 testing for immigrants Senators press IRS chief on stimulus check pitfalls Democrats warn Biden against releasing SCOTUS list MORE (D-Mich.).

Peters is up for reelection in 2020. The Cook Political Report has rated the race "likely Democratic."