Craig Believes “Valid Concerns” About Voter Fraud Warrants Arizona-Style Audit in Michigan, Secret Recording Reveals
Republican gubernatorial candidate James Craig, who has previously dodged questions about former President Donald Trump’s election fraud allegations, told supporters last week he believed there should be an audit full of Michigan’s 2020 election results because there are “valid concerns over there,” according to a secret audio recording obtained by Metro timetable.
Craig made the remarks at a campaign launch event in Newberry when asked if he thought President Joe Biden “was legitimately elected” and if he supported an Arizona-style audit.
“I am still open to a full audit,” said the former Detroit police chief. ” I made it myself. When people raise issues, I can’t just make a decision and say there’s nothing in it. You have to watch to see what’s going on. ”
The recording was obtained and provided by American Bridge 21st Century, a liberal political action committee that conducts opposition research on Republicans. The band also released a recording for Metro timetable Earlier this week Craig said if elected he would block any attempt by Democrats to repeal Michigan’s 90-year abortion ban.
Craig’s statements came a week before the Arizona Republican Party announced on Friday that its audit reaffirmed Biden’s victory in the state’s most populous county, dispelling conspiracy theories of widespread voter fraud . Maricopa County Board Chair Jack Sellers Recount Arizona Republican that the findings of the draft report show that “the counting equipment counted the ballots as they were designed to do, and the results reflect the will of the voters.” … This should be the end of the story. Everything else is noise.
In fact, in the end, the audit actually discovered a few more votes for Biden and a little less for Trump.
In June, Republican lawmakers in the Michigan House of Representatives introduced a bill demanding a thorough review of the state’s election results, even though the state had already conducted the most extensive post-election audits in history. state and found no evidence of widespread fraud or irregularities.
Even Republicans Senate Oversight Committee concluded that Trump’s election fraud allegations were without merit.
Earlier this month, Trump called Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser to urge him to conduct an audit in the state.
At Craig’s launch event, U.S. Representative Jack Bergman R-Watersmeet intervened when Craig explained his stance on the audit and said voter fraud was becoming a distraction Democrats were exploiting.
“No one is happy with the results, but where we win is by winning in 2022,” said Bergman. “As the chief said before, let it unfold in the courts. If Arizona’s forensic audit gives results that make it a big deal, now you can have a discussion. ”
State Representative John Damoose R-Harbor Springs said it was imperative that Republicans remain focused on the gubernatorial election in 2022 so that abortion can become illegal in Michigan if the Supreme Court of the United States is canceled. Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision which affirmed the constitutional right of women to terminate pregnancy.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer backs a Democrats’ bill to repeal the 90-year-old abortion ban, which was overturned following the Roe vs. Wade decision.
“Do you realize that abortion is already illegal in the state of Michigan?” Damoose said, “And there’s a legitimate chance that we’re going to cancel it federally, and the second that happens, abortion is illegal in Michigan.”