‘Detroit never burned’: Fmr. Police Chief explores running for Michigan governor, touts riot record
Kendall Tietz, DCNF
The former police chief of the Detroit Police Department announced Wednesday that he is considering a run for Republican governor of Michigan through an exploratory committee.
In the campaign-style ad, titled “Leading From the Front,” James Craig highlighted his role in Detroit during the riots of 2020 saying cities such as Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia and “even some cities here in Michigan,” burned “but not Detroit,” because his police department never retreated.
Launching an exploratory committee is often the first official step candidates take to allow them to begin fundraising and further consider a run for office, local Detroit news station, FOX 2 reported. The station reported that it had confirmed Craig would appear on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to make an announcement.
Craig reflected on his time as a police officer and leader in the city as police chief of a department that he said was in shambles when he first started. He said there was equipment that didn’t work, low morale and hour-long waits for 911 emergency calls, but by leading from the front he turned the city around.