It Has Been Nearly One Month Since John James Last Appeared In Public

Failed Senate candidate John James has not been seen in public in the 26 days since he joined Donald Trump’s rally in Battle Creek, where the president made deeply disrespectful remarks about the late Congressman John Dingell. James hasn’t said anything about those statements — or really any topic at all — because he’s been hiding from Michiganders since he entered the race six months ago. Instead of holding public events or speaking with reporters in state, James has largely spent his time traveling to out-of-state fundraisers with Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump and GOP mega-donors. 

Here are five questions James has refused to answer since he went back into hiding last month: 

  1. Why didn’t you demand an apology from President Trump for his disgusting attacks against the Dingells? James spoke at the same event where Trump suggested John Dingell might be in hell, yet ducked questions for comment from the Detroit Free Press and Gongwer. Multiple Michigan Republicans, including Reps. Mitchell and Upton, immediately condemned Trump’s remarks.
  2. Do you believe the President should seek Congressional authority for future action against Iran? James refused to offer any comment on the U.S. conflict with Iran, and hasn’t even tweeted his concern for the well-being of Americans potentially affected by the conflict.
  3. Do you support hearing from witnesses as a part of the Senate impeachment? Do you think former National Security Advisor John Bolton — who endorsed your political campaign in 2018 — should testify as he’s offered to do? James hasn’t answered any questions about Mitch McConnell’s efforts to block witnesses from testifying and has not commented on whether he believes McConnell will conduct a fair trial.
  4. Do you approve of the Republican lawsuit to strike down the Affordable Care Act? James has called the Affordable Care Act a “monstrosity” and vowed to repeal it as Senator, but refuses to comment on the ongoing Republican lawsuit that aims to strike down the law and end protections for Michiganders with pre-existing conditions.
  5. The FEC’s nonpartisan counsel recommended an investigation of a Super PAC set up to boost your campaign but the Republican members of the FEC blocked it from moving forward. Were they wrong? James refused to comment on The Detroit News’ report about FEC attorneys wanting to investigate illegal coordination between his campaign and a Super PAC.