Those readers of ours who are crushed by the failure of a Michigan ballot proposal aimed at restricting the state's ability to build international crossings should probably stay away from Twitter.
Tuesday's defeat of Michigan's Prop 6 set the the Twitterverse reeling with pointed tweets on the measure and its billionaire backer, Detroit's own Manuel "Matty" Moroun.
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The proposal would have amended Michigan's constitution to require a statewide vote for the state to spend any money on the construction of new international bridges and tunnel crossings. The campaign to pass the measure was funded by Moroun, who owns the Ambassador Bridge, a span connecting Detroit, Mich. with Windsor, Canada. Although it's currently North America's busiest international border crossing, the Ambassador is now facing competition from a new planned international bridge supported by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canada, the New International Bridge Crossing.
Moroun's business, the Detroit International Bridge Company, has spent more than $40 million opposing the new bridge through television ads and its support of the Proposal 6 campaign, according to The Michigan Campaign Finance Network.
The failure of this monumental spending effort by a man who's been lampooned as Michigan's version of The Simpsons' villain, "Mr. Burns," has naturally attracted attention from Twitter's online peanut gallery.
See below for some examples of scornful, silly, sarcastic and downright mean comments from Moroun's many virtual detractors.