Roughly one year before the 2020 election, the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) on Tuesday launched a new website on Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James, the Advance learned exclusively.
The website, JohnJamesRevealed.com, aims to publish statements James, a Farmington Hills African American business owner, made and positions he took over the course of the 2018 cycle — including some he was caught deleting from his social media in the weeks after his loss, according to the MDP.
During his U.S. Senate bid against incumbent U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) in 2018, James declared his “2000%” support for President Donald Trump. Stabenow went on to win a fourth term term, defeating James 52-46%.
James is the likely challenger to U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) next year. The potential matchup is pivotal for control of the U.S. Senate. Trump won Michigan in 2016, but Democrats had big victories in 2018, including U.S. Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) and Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) flipping Republican seats.
“John James is trying to hide what he believes from voters and the fact is that his true positions would hurt Michigan — whether that’s supporting a president ‘2000%’ of the time or promising to repeal coverage protections for pre-existing conditions,” said MDP spokesperson Alex Japko. “Voters expect their senator to have the independence to stand up for what is right for our state and as JohnJamesRevealed.com shows, we cannot trust James to put Michigan first.”
The site launches as Restoration PAC is spending almost $1 million in TV ads, with a much smaller digital buy, hitting Peters on the Green New Deal and linking him to progressives like U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). The political action committee is primarily funded by Richard Uihlein, an Illinois businessman and GOP mega-donor.