GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles Jr. vowed to stand up to the president, build trust between police and communities, protect consumers and accept the will of voters on marijuana laws.
Miles, a Barack Obama appointee who resigned as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan as Donald Trump was sworn in, on Thursday, Sept. 28, returned to his high school, Ottawa Hills, to announce his candidacy for state attorney general.
“I am running because these are dangerous times,” Miles said, with supporters holding signs behind him near the school entrance.
“I don’t have to promise or talk about things I will do because I have a record.”
Miles, a Democrat, is looking to replace state Attorney General Bill Schuette, who is running for governor.
Miles said Schuette did not represent interests of all state residents. He said Schuette “gutted” the consumer-protection division.
“There were a lot of ideological crusades that Bill Schuette ran as Attorney General that ended up costing taxpayers millions of dollars.”
Schuette also opposed Michigan’s medical-marijuana law. Michigan voters in 2018 are expected to decide whether marijuana should be legalized for recreational use.
“Let the people decide,” Miles said. “I will enforce the law, whatever the people want. I won’t undercut what the people decide to do.”
Miles said he also would not be afraid to challenge the president. He included the Trump administration in his reference to “dangerous times.”
State attorneys general have filed lawsuits against the Trump Administration over issues ranging from education to immigration.
“This is where the action is,” he said. “I’ll never stand by silently when I see injustice.”
His resignation, after five years