Craig, who has served as Detroit’s police chief since 2013, has spoken to both state and national Republican officials about a possible gubernatorial run, according to multiple reports. His discussions have reportedly included Ron Weiser, the Michigan Republican Party chairman, as well as GOP Arizona Governor , the chair of the Republican Governors Association.“I’m a lifelong public servant,” Craig told the Detroit News, although he stopped short of confirming his candidacy. “I want to continue to serve.”
As the country has grappled with the debate on race and police brutality, Craig, who is black, has consistently defended law enforcement, but he also praised the conviction of Derek Chauvin last month and has said officers should be held “accountable for violating their oath and breaking the law.”Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year.
“It’s still a stain on our profession,” he said, adding that it is “not reflective” of all police.“We had to deal with weeks and months of, at times, violent protests. But at the end of the day, the right thing was done,” Craig said.
\Whitmer, who received fierce backlash for her strict coronavirus lockdown policies, has not announced her candidacy for reelection yet. Her approval rating has continued to sink, providing opportunities for potential candidates to launch bids against her.