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Craig gives 1st political speech, preps gubernatorial run

Police Chief James Craig
Michigan Radio
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Ex-Detroit police chief James Craig is seeking to burnish his Republican credentials before a likely run for governor, telling party stalwarts about his evolution from being a "born" Democrat. Craig, who retired last month, said Tuesday he has been a Republican for many years and voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020. He says he is anti-abortion and supports gun rights along with the police, the military and the principle of self-reliance rather than a "victimhood mentality" being pushed by Democratic leaders. He stopped short of declaring his candidacy to seek the GOP nomination against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.