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Detroit police chief not ruling out governor bid during retirement announcement

Added 05-10-21 04:23:02pm EST - “Detroit Police Chief James Craig refused to rule out a bid to challenge Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during a press conference announcing his retirement on Monday.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Detroit police chief not ruling out governor bid during retirement announcement”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig refused to rule out a bid to challenge Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during a press conference announcing his retirement on Monday.

Craig revealed that he is "voluntarily" departing the force as he detailed a multitude of accomplishments in the law enforcement body, which was previously characterized by instability and poor working conditions. The announcement follows a flurry of media reports suggesting the top officer would seek to unseat Whitmer, who has received a wave of criticism over her stringent protocols since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

When asked about the rumors, Craig said he has "not made that decision" but is "not ruling it out.” The Detroit native, who began his law enforcement career in 1977, added that he's been a Republican for the last 10 to 11 years, though his political views did not affect his policies in a Democratic-majority area.

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

The chief went on to say that he's been bombarded with messages from Michiganders, both Republicans and Democrats, who want to see him pursue office.

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