He lost to Debbie Stabenow in the 2018 midterm election, now John James hopes to defeat Michigan’s other democratic senator.
This morning on Fox News, John James announced that he would be running against Michigan Senator Gary Peters in 2020.
According to MLive,
James, 37, announced he filed to run “after careful consideration and thoughtful prayer” during a Thursday morning appearance on “Fox & Friends.” The announcement comes on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day operation in WWII.
James earned President Donald Trump’s endorsement during an unsuccessful challenge to U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, in 2018. Stabenow beat James by 6.5 percentage points.
The senate hopeful posted this on Twitter this morning,
The Michigan GOP issued this statement in support of James,
“John James is a true patriot who has dedicated his life to the service of our nation. I welcome his entrance into the 2020 U.S. Senate race, and wish him well as he begins his campaign for the Republican nomination.” Cox continued, “I am confident that next year Michigan will send a leader to the U.S. Senate who will get something done for the people of our state. It’s time for a change from Gary Peters, who has been so ineffective that 43% of Michigan voters don’t even know his name.”
Peters was elected to his first term in office back in 2014. James’ performance against a two term senator made him an ideal candidate for a future run.
After the election, James was considered a rising star. The president twice considered James for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, but he was not nominated.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee told MLive.com this week it was recruiting James to take another run for Senate. Congressional Republican recruitment organizations actively tried to convince James to run for Senate or try to win back Michigan’s 11th House District, which had turned blue in 2018.
The NRSC expects James to enter the Senate contest as a well-established candidate, allowing him to build on momentum generated during his last campaign.
We’ve got over a year until the 2020 election. One has to wonder if James will be the only one running in the GOP primary.
The logical move for the Michigan GOP would be to dissuade others from entering the primary. Last year, the Pensler vs. James primary probably did more harm to their long term goal of unseating Stabenow.
Starting early is a wise move.