JAMES CRAIG PREMIER


Lena Epstein

We're not going to waste much space rehashing the performance of former Detroit Police Chief James Craig at the Jackson County Republican Party coming out speech in the past month. Short on specifics captures it best. Drill down on details, he did not. Although Craig makes regular appearances on Fox News where softball questions are the order of the day (and where he formally announced his gubernatorial run on July 21 but then backtracked it the next day), there was not much interaction with local press in Jackson. What we do find interesting is Oakland failed congressional candidate Lena Epstein fielded questions from the media about the ex-chief, raising the question of whether she could be part of his crew. But then we got word that Epstein is being urged by some in the GOP to run against Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Troy, Rochester, Royal Oak) or Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D-Bloomfield Township, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Franklin, Clarkston, Lake Orion), depending on how districts get redrawn. (As an aside for trivia buffs, yes, we are told, James Craig is related (uncle) to Carl Craig, electronic music producer/DJ considered one of the fathers of the second wave of the techno movement in Detroit and co-creator of the early Detroit Electronic Music Festival.)

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