Friday, September 17, 2021

Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig Formally Launches Republican Bid to Remove Michigan Governor Whitmer

A former Detroit police chief announced Tuesday the overthrow of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, remarking after protesters interrupted the initial announcement.

James Craig, a Republican, planned to launch his campaign on Belle Isle, but Detroit Will Breathe, a far-left group that describes itself as a movement that opposes “police brutality towards black lives”. Wants to advocate against, forced him. To switch to a nearby location.

Video footage from the scene showed protesters chanting “James Craig has to go” and “Black lives matter”. Many of them were white and Craig is black.

Craig held a press conference on the roof of a nearby building.

“The small group of paid protesters did nothing. What they did reinforces why we need change,” Craig told reporters. “The message is: I’m winning. I get the message anyway. I’m winning.”

Craig has waged a gubernatorial run in recent months, announcing in July that he was forming a search committee that he said would begin fundraising him.

In a video released that month, Craig described himself as a problem solver who would “lead from the front.”

Craig, 65, who retired as police chief on June 1, said Tuesday that his campaign “would resonate with those in the North or the West, because I am authentic, I am a leader, and I am blue-eyed.” collar.”

“I know what hard work looks like. Nobody ever owes me anything,” he said.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a press conference on Belle Isle on June 22, 2021 in Detroit, Mich. (David Guralnik/Detroit News via AP)

Craig later uses the disruption by Detroit Will Breathe, who seeks to fundraise the police and the release of all people in prison because of nonviolent crimes.

Craig joins a field of nine Republicans, none of whom have previously held a political position.

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Whitmer, 50, was a long-time state legislator before becoming governor in 2019.

Whitmer defeated Republican nominee Bill Schuett, a lawyer, in 2018 with about 53 percent of the vote. He replaced Rick Snyder, a Republican who was barred from running again because of term limits.

Preliminary polls suggest that Craig and Whitmer are facing off about 14 months before the general election.

Michigan Democratic Party President LaVora Barnes said Craig’s year has been a disaster and declined to answer whether he supported former President Donald Trump.

“Don’t expect him to lead from the front, refusing to answer direct questions about his main problem – the Detroit Dodgers still won’t say what he thinks about the legitimacy of our elections, despite being asked several times.” , whom he incites violent rebellion in D.C., or what he will do to protect the right of Michigan women to choose and family,” Barnes said in a statement.

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The Whitmer campaign and the Michigan Republican Party did not respond to requests for comment.

Party co-chair Maison Maddock highlighted her opposition to Craig’s announcement on Twitter. She shared a photo that showed a protester holding a sign that read “Return DPD.”

“See the sign? These leftists want to defame your police. Republicans are the only conscience in this country. @GovWhitmer is finished,” she wrote. “Thank you BLM for reminding me what your world looks like. “

Zachary Stebero

Zachary Steber covers US news including politics and court cases. He started out as a New York City subway reporter at The Epoch Times.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig Formally Launches Republican Bid to Remove Michigan Governor Whitmer
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