Reaches 150 Days Hiding from Michigan Newspapers; 257 Days Avoiding Michigan TV
Today, John James has achieved a new milestone in his record of hiding from the media and voters, reaching 150 days without doing a Michigan print media interview. James’ deafening silence on the issues that matter most to Michiganders has caught the attention of the Michigan press corps and has raised questions about why he won’t be transparent with voters:
Detroit Metro Times: “Where in the hell is John James? That’s a question on the minds of many journalists who have been unable to reach the Republican U.S. Senate candidate since he announced last year that he’s running”
WLNS: “Voters have begun to pick up on his absence”
Oakland Confidential: “It’s a U.S. Senate version of Where’s Waldo?”
WILS host Dave Akerly: “It has nothing to do with going around the state again and meeting people or talking to the media and taking questions… He’s not doing Michigan media. I mean we’ve asked numerous times.”
WJR host Paul W. Smith: “We really haven’t thought about him very much because he’s not out there”
James’ campaign has also dodged questions on the most important issues of the day including: his meeting with indicted foreign agent Lev Parnas, the ongoing GOP lawsuit to gut the Affordable Care Act, Trump’s budget blueprint which would slash Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security funding, and, most recently, Trump’s move to raid critical military funding, which jeopardizes national security.
“John James’ 150 day streak of hiding from print media is yet another striking milestone from a candidate who is demonstrating he’s not willing to lead Michiganders with honesty,” said Michigan Democratic Spokesperson Elena Kuhn. “Instead of rubbing shoulders with Mitch McConnell and elite out-of-state GOP donors, James should spend more time letting Michigan voters know where he stands on the issues that matter to them.”
The Michigan Democratic Party launched JohnJamesRevealed.com to hold the failed U.S. Senate candidate accountable for his positions – including those made over the course of the 2018 campaign that he then tried to delete after losing that campaign. Since announcing he’d run again, just over six months after his last failed bid, James has been hiding from Michigan voters and refusing to answer questions from Michigan media.