James Craig gubernatorial campaign kick-off disrupted by protesters in Belle Isle

“Bloody roads are not fixed,” Craig said, referring to Whitmer’s 2018 campaign slogan. “We have seen countless infrastructure disasters, including nearly uninterrupted flooding in Southeast Michigan.”

When a reporter from Crain asked Craig what his plan was to improve infrastructure and roads, he replied, “Well, I didn’t say that was one of my priorities. However, I think our roads need to be fixed. “

A spokeswoman for the Michigan Democratic Party took advantage of Craig’s comments that infrastructure would not be high on his agenda if elected governor.

“To be in the race for governor since June while giving such a flippant response on something as important as infrastructure is completely unacceptable,” CDM spokeswoman Rodericka Applewhaite said in a statement. communicated.

The official launch of Craig’s campaign comes a week before Republican Party leaders and activists gather on September 24-26 on Mackinac Island for their biennial leadership conference, which takes place outside of election years.

He is considered the presumed first favorite in a nine-candidate race that now includes conservative radio host Tudor Dixon, Michigan State Police Captain Michael Brown, Kalmazoo chiropractor Garrett Soldano and Ryan Kelley, an Ottawa County Planning Commissioner.

Regarding the pandemic, said Craig, who survived a COVID-19 crisis at the start of the pandemic, said he had been vaccinated against the virus.

“We need a leader who will implement policies that protect the most vulnerable from COVID-19, but do not destroy the lives and livelihoods of so many,” Craig said.

Craig criticized Whitmer’s handling of the pandemic, particularly the number of nursing home deaths in 2020.

Craig also criticized COVID-19 vaccine mandates – which Whitmer did not support – and statewide health code restrictions requiring students to wear masks that the Whitmer administration has lifted. in June. Whitmer has since refused to reimpose the mask warrants, sparking a wave of county-level fighting between parents and public health officials.

“What are we doing? Craig asked. “Make money orders to get vaccinated?”

Long before the pandemic, Michigan law required school-aged children to be immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases, such as polio, pertussis, chickenpox, measles and mumps.

Parents can legally refuse to have their children vaccinated through a waiver for medical, religious or philosophical reasons.

“There is so much conflicting information coming out of Washington from so-called scientists,” Craig said. “One minute, wear the mask, another minute don’t. If you get the vaccine, you’re fine. Now you say you need to be reminded because the first two shots won’t work.”

The FDA has cleared the use of a third injection of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 for people who are immunocompromised. A new scientific study released on Monday said there was no evidence yet that the general population needs a boost to fight mutated variants of the virus.

“One thing I would do in a very different way, instead of slamming businesses with one-sided decisions, how about sitting down, understanding the science and talking to people,” Craig said. “This is called leading from the front.”

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