Craig: ‘I’m running’ for Michigan governor in 2022

    Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig has often appeared as a guest on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show | Screenshot

    Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Wednesday night on the Fox News show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” that he is running for governor in Michigan in 2022. 

    “I’m running, because when I look at what some politicians are doing across our country — let’s talk about Gov. [Gretchen] Whitmer, she follows different rules,” Craig said. 

    Earlier on Wednesday, Craig announced that he has formed an exploratory committee, which allows a candidate to begin raising and spending resources. 

    Craig, a Republican, retired from the Detroit Police Department in late May. Some pundits have pegged him as the strongest GOP candidate to beat Whitmer in 2022. 

    Former Detroit police chief forms exploratory committee for GOP gubernatorial run 

    On Wednesday night, Craig was critical of the Democrat for her response to the pandemic. 

    “I’m going to hold our governor accountable. I’m going to show the governor what leadership looks like,” Craig said. “We’re part of a movement. We’re going to take the state back.”

    Michigan Democratic Party spokesperson Rodericka Applewhaite said “Craig made his 28th national network appearance only to bring absolutely nothing new to the table in his ‘exclusive’ with Tucker Carlson. In sidestepping local reporters and Michigan voters alike, Craig once again showed that he’s nothing but a typical politician that will go through whatever lengths necessary to avoid establishing where he stands on every key issue imaginable.”

    There are at least five other Republicans running for governor in 2022: Grand Rapids Republican Austin Chenge, right-wing television commentator Tudor Dixon, Allendale Township Planning Commissioner Ryan Kelley, Kalamazoo chiropractor Garrett Soldano and Evan Space, who did not make it on the 2018 ballot. 

    Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.