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GOP Businessman Weighs Bid

The potential candidate, John James, is an Iraq War veteran.

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Kimberly Railey
June 2, 2017, 9:12 a.m.

Busi­ness­man John James (R) is “act­ively con­sid­er­ing a cam­paign for the Sen­ate seat, said Chris Thomas, a friend of James and ven­ture cap­it­al­ist in­vestor who lives in De­troit.” James, the CEO of Renais­sance Glob­al Lo­gist­ics, “is a gradu­ate of the U.S. Mil­it­ary Academy at West Point and an Ir­aq War vet­er­an.”

“James’ sup­port­ers used the Mack­in­ac Policy Con­fer­ence to tout the 36-year-old’s cre­den­tials as a busi­nessper­son with ex­per­i­ence in na­tion­al se­cur­ity.” (Crain’s De­troit Busi­ness)

“The Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity and Op­por­tun­ity Fund, a Re­pub­lic­an 501(c)(4) non­profit group, is lay­ing the ground­work for a po­ten­tial run. … The non­profit has set up a web­site and is run­ning di­git­al ad­vert­ise­ments de­scrib­ing cri­ter­ia for its de­sired can­did­ate in the Re­pub­lic­an primary … The ad­vert­ise­ments are set to run across Mack­in­ac Is­land dur­ing the 2017 De­troit Re­gion­al Cham­ber Mack­in­ac Policy Con­fer­ence.” (Politico)

Busi­ness­wo­man Lena Ep­stein (R) is already chal­len­ging Stabenow.

WEIGH­ING IN. Rep. Fred Up­ton (R-06), an­oth­er po­ten­tial Sen­ate can­did­ate, “said Pres­id­ent Don­ald Trump’s de­cision to back out of the Par­is cli­mate ac­cord is ‘a mis­take.’” (MLive)

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