Ex-Detroit police chief forms exploratory committee for Michigan governor

Ex-Detroit police chief forms exploratory committee for Michigan governor
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James Craig is considering a gubernatorial bid in Michigan, the former Detroit police chief announced on Wednesday.

Craig, who revealed at a county GOP meeting earlier this month he has been a Republican “for many years” and has hinted at a run for several months, said he formed an exploratory committee to help him “think about” entering the race as the GOP aims to oust Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2022.

“This is about leading from the front, keeping people safe, which is a core responsibility, [and] solving problems. That’s what Michigan needs,” Craig said in a video announcement, leaning on his record as police chief.

“I met with so many in our community so that we could build that trust-based relationship,” he said of his eight years as a top officer. “We did that.”

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Craig said his leadership helped protect the city from the same fate Minneapolis and others experienced after George Floyd was killed.

“Detroit never burned, and always, our police officers mattered,” he said.

Craig established himself as a cable news fixture in recent years, advocating proactive policing and legal gun ownership as a means of deterring crime.

He also appeared on TV frequently during last year's summer protests and riots against law enforcement, taking swipes at those who advocated defunding the police.

“She’s reckless,” he said of fellow Michigander, Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, in April after she expressed support for an end to policing. “I'd love to see her resign. I'd throw her a goodbye party.”

In May, Craig announced his retirement from the police department in Detroit, noting in a press conference he wasn’t ruling out a run for governor.

“I am deeply passionate for public service. But not just public service but in a leadership role," Craig said.

Since stepping away, Craig’s tone has shifted as he became more overtly political, revealing he voted for Donald Trump in both 2016 and 2020.

"The truth is, I've been a Republican for many years," Craig said at a July 6 event hosted by the Jackson County Republican Party in Michigan. "While my role as chief of police rendered my party affiliation moot, the truth is that I've long had conservative values. I was raised in the church. I was taught to respect my elders. I saw firsthand the importance of hard work, self-reliance, and a can-do attitude."

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He went on to call out Democratic policies that he said promote a “victimhood mentality,” taking direct aim at Whitmer.

“Please listen to me, Gov. Whitmer,” Craig said. “America isn't a monarchy. We aren’t ruled by kings and queens. We ended that back in 1776."

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