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While Michigan media outlets have heard little from GOP U.S. Senate hopeful John James, other than a rather bewildering (pontifical) op-ed piece recently in The Detroit News, Politico gave readers a bit more insight into what could be the candidate’s new approach in his attempt to unseat incumbent Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township) come November. In an audio recording obtained by Politico from a private video conference with black community leaders in early May, James did an about face from his “2000 percent” support for President Donald Trump when he ran and lost in 2018 to Senator Debbie Stabenow. Asked where he might break with The Donald, audio provided by Politico tells us – “Plenty, plenty of issues. Everything from cutting Great Lakes funding to ‘shithole countries’ to speaking ill of the dead (John McCain). I mean where do you want to start.’ Oh yeah, he also told the black audience that it’s untrue that he has taken money from Trump or his U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, despite the fact that the Michigan-based überrich DeVos family has poured $800,000 into a Super PAC that is backing James.


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