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Former Detroit Police Chief Craig gives first political speech at GOP birthday celebration in Jackson

(City of Jackson)
Published: Jul. 6, 2021 at 5:27 PM EDT
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JACKSON, Mich. (WILX) - Michigan’s GOP met Tuesday night in Jackson to celebrate the 167th birthday of the Republican party. Although there is contention over where the Republican party was founded, many in Michigan contend that it was in Jackson, making it a fitting place to host the occasion.

Among the speakers Tuesday night was retired Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

Craig, himself a longtime Republican, was a leader Detroit through some of the city’s most difficult moments in recent years. He has not said whether he intends to run for political office, though attending such an event may suggest that he’s considering the possibility.

The event began at 5:30 p.m. at Under The Oaks Memorial Park on the corner of 2nd Street and Franklin. There, after an introduction from Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, Craig gave a speech that touched on how he came to be a Republican, and where he stands on some of the major issues of the day.

Craig stuck to the broad strokes, clarifying that he was Christian, a supporter of gun rights, and had voted for Donald Trump in both 2016 and 2020. Although he did not directly say whether or not he had plans to run for office in the future, he stressed his belief in the importance of the 2022 election in the state of Michigan.

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