John James, the charismatic black Republican who came oh-so-close to capturing a Michigan Senate seat last year, has launched a political action committee as he plots the next move of a political career that could include a run for governor in 2022.
James suffered back-to-back losses in Senate campaigns over the past four years, falling to incumbent Democrats Debbie Stabenow, by 6.5 percentage points in 2018, and Gary Peters, by just 1.7 points in 2020. But the 39-year-old Army combat veteran of the Iraq War and CEO of a family-owned logistics firm in Detroit, is coming back for more. He has not ruled out another campaign, for Congress or the governor’s mansion, and has unveiled a leadership PAC.
“Mission First; People Always” is not a super PAC; donations are limited to $5,000 per individual per calendar year. But the organization is backed by a donor list of more than 300,000 supporters that James built up over two