As Michigan is Set to Receive Billions to Fix Roads and Bridges, The Only Thing James Craig Has Said About Infrastructure is That It’s Not “One of My Priorities”

LANSING — The bipartisan and historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is set to deliver more than $10 billion to Michigan for major infrastructural improvements – a necessary and popular plan that will create thousands of good-paying union jobs for years to come.

Despite this, gubernatorial candidate James Craig hasn’t managed to say anything about this unprecedented opportunity to fix thousands of miles of bridges and roads and help update water infrastructure since September. And back then, Craig said he wouldn’t be acknowledging the issue, saying during a disastrous campaign reboot press conference that infrastructure was not “one of my priorities.” 

The revelation stunned Michigan reporters and was extensively covered:

Detroit Free Press:  He referenced infrastructure, education and the pandemic at points during the speech, but did not mention any of these issues when asked about the top priority of his campaign. […]

Asked about his own plan to improve infrastructure, Craig said, “I didn’t say that was one of my priorities. However, I do think our roads do need to be fixed.” […]

MDP spokesperson Rodericka Applewhaite issued the following statement:

“When it comes to spouting extreme anti-choice positions or making numerous pledges to subject Michigan to an unnecessary and partisan ‘audit’ of the 2020 election results, James Craig has no problem making it very clear what his agenda is. But he’s refused to support the bipartisan infrastructure plan – even as it will help fix roads and bridges, lower costs for Michiganders and create thousands of good-paying jobs. It’s been months – Michiganders deserve to know where James Craig stands on the bipartisan infrastructure plan.”

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