Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is sabotaging the Postal Service, threatening the election, and causing Michiganders to experience delays on postal deliveries of everything from paychecks to prescription drugs. But failed politician John James has refused to call out DeJoy as he undermines the USPS after taking thousands in contributions from him. And now James won’t answer whether he’ll return DeJoy’s campaign cash.
Read more on James’ swampy ties to Postmaster General DeJoy and his refusal to criticize him as he undermines the U.S. Postal Service:
- James did not answer when asked whether he believes DeJoy’s new policies are responsible for the mail delays. DeJoy contributed $5,600 to his Senate campaign before becoming postmaster general and contributed another $5,400 to his 2018 Senate campaign.
- Republicans have been less vocal about Postal Service concerns than their Democratic counterparts.
- A top GOP Senate hopeful has also repeatedly received big checks from DeJoy. John James is hoping to unseat Democrat Sen. Gary Peters in Michigan. DeJoy maxed out to James in December, having previously been a max donor to James’ 2018 bid against Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
- McConnell, McSally and James would all likely benefit from a vote-by-mail tangle at the postal service, as Republican voters are overwhelmingly vowing to vote in person in 2020, while Democrats mindful of the coronavirus pandemic are pledging to vote by mail.
- None of these GOP politicians responded to questions from Rolling Stone about whether they intend to keep DeJoy’s cash, or return it in light of the controversy at USPS and their respective duties to oversee the performance of the millionaire postmaster.
- DeJoy, former head of the freight company XPO Logistics, a major player in the supply chain sector and a chief USPS competitor, donated $11,000 to John James, the GOP nominee in Michigan — $5,400 for his failed 2018 run against Sen. Debbie Stabenow and $5,600, the maximum amount, for his current campaign.
- James is head of the supply chain company James Group International and its affiliate Renaissance Global Logistics, which received between $1 million and $2 million in federally-backed Paycheck Protection Program loans during the first months of the coronavirus pandemic.
- James does not appear to have spoken out publicly about DeJoy or voting by mail, and his campaign did not provide comment for this article.
- DeJoy is a North Carolina businessman who’s donated millions of dollars to GOP candidates, including Trump and Michigan senate candidate, John James.
- We reached out for reaction to the president’s comments from several different local lawmakers and political candidates. These are their responses in full. Not one republican mentioned the president.