Despite Michigan’s COVID-19 guidance against travel in the state, Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently traveled to visit her ailing father in Florida.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Tiffany Brown, the governor’s communications director, said on Monday that Whitmer visited her father more than a month ago but within the past six months.
She insisted the travel did not happen on spring break and said the governor went “to assist her elderly father who is battling a chronic illness,” according to the Detroit Free Press.
Whitmer’s father “was fully vaccinated and the governor is tested regularly and has never tested positive for COVID,” Brown said, adding that the travel was not at the expense of taxpayers.
Blaming “security concerns,” Brown would not tell the Detroit Free Press where or when the trip took place.
The governor’s only other trips, according to her office, were to attend President Joe Biden’s inauguration in January and to visit the Michigan National Guard troops when they were deployed to Washington, D.C.
“All trips were very brief, two full days or less,” Brown said, adding that her boss “closely followed public health guidelines.”
Earlier this month, Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services warned residents that travel could increase COVID-19 spread and recommended residents “Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.”
Michigan Republican Party communications director Ted Goodman said of Whitmer’s recent trip, “Gretchen Whitmer’s blatant display of hypocrisy is an insult to every single Michigander impacted by her lockdown orders and travel warnings. Not only did Whitmer and her top staffers vacation to Florida, but they tried to keep it a secret because for Whitmer, it’s — rules for thee, but not for me.”
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Prosecutor Signals Possible Criminal Charges for MI Gov Whitmer Over Nursing Home Deaths
A local Michigan prosecutor has signaled that Governor Gretchen Whitmer may face criminal charges over the state’s COVID-19 nursing home policy.
New Macomb County prosecutor Peter Lucido is encouraging those who lost family members to COVID while residents or staff inside nursing homes to obtain the information surrounding their deaths and bring it to the police as a wrongful death complaint. Due to HIPAA laws, Lucido says he cannot obtain that information on his own.
In an interview with 7 Action News (WXYZ), Lucido said, “If we find there’s been willful neglect of office if we find there’s been reckless endangerment of a person’s life by bringing them in then we would move forward with charges against the Governor. Of course, we would. Nobody’s above the law in this state.”
Lucido started looking into this last year as a State Senator. He issued a statement in August that said more than 2,000 residents and 21 staff died in nursing homes, 32% of all deaths.
Lucido is asking people to go back to the nursing homes and gather the vital information surrounding deaths and take it to local police to file a wrongful death report.
He will be meeting with Macomb County Police to instruct them on how to process and verify the information and bring it to his office.
“Why did my mom or why did my dad, brother, sister, or aunt die? Was it because of the policy by bringing in COVID-infected patients that spread to my mom that killed my mother?” Lucido said.
Whitmer issued the following response to WXYZ:
Our top priority from the start has been protecting Michiganders, especially seniors and our most vulnerable. The administration’s policies carefully tracked CDC guidance on nursing homes, and we prioritized testing of nursing home residents and staff to save lives. Early in the pandemic, the state acted swiftly to create a network of regional hubs with isolation units and adequate PPE to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within a facility. In addition, we have offered 100 percent of nursing home resident priority access to the vaccine. Both the former head of AARP, as well as an independent U-M study, praised our work to save lives in nursing homes.
Mr. Lucido’s comments are shameful political attacks based in neither fact nor reality. Even his former colleague, Republican Sen. Ed McBroom, has said they “have not seen any evidence or testimony that says that a nursing home was forced to take someone against their will.” And there’s a reason why Mr. Lucido’s colleagues have publicly rebuked this politically-motivated waste of taxpayer dollars. Michiganders are tired of these petty partisan games, and we won’t be distracted by them either.