Michigan’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, garnered national attention last year for her aggressive approach to lockdowns and other measures meant to curb the spread of COVID-19. Now, however, the Republican members of the Michigan state Senate are pushing back — and hard.
According to the Washington Examiner, Michigan’s GOP-led state Senate blocked the confirmation of five of Whitmer’s nominees last week, adding to 13 other appointees whose confirmations were quashed the week prior.
“This governor has done everything possible to avoid working with the elected members of this chamber,” Republican state Sen. Aric Nesbitt said, according to the Examiner.
Now, Michigan Republicans are doing their best to “rebalance the scales,” in the words of state Sen. Ed McBroom (R).
“A purposeful political gesture”
“But the actual authority we have to do anything in a world where the executive has nearly all the avenues is very small,” McBroom complained, according to the Examiner.
Indeed, Whitmer “can suspend what people wear, where they go, what they buy, where they can work, when they can work, where they can eat,” McBroom says — her rules now even include a ban on some winter school sports — and state lawmakers can’t do much to stop her. But that doesn’t mean Republicans won’t try.
“Yesterday’s action on appointments was a purposeful political gesture,” Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R) said Thursday, according to the Examiner. “Not a gesture to score points, but a gesture to make a point.”
Shirkey went on: “Until this governor stops acting unilaterally and invests in and encourages and invites in the Legislature to be a part of some of these decisions, not all of them, then we’re relegated to using the tools given to us in our Constitution and our statutes.”
Democrat double standards
Of course, Republicans in the state legislature aren’t the only ones with their eyes on Whitmer over her actions amid the coronavirus pandemic. In August, the Department of Justice (DOJ) requested data from Michigan and several other Democrat-led states as part of an investigation into their policies requiring nursing homes to accept patients recently discharged from health care facilities after coming down with COVID-19.
“New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan required nursing homes to admit COVID-19 patients to their vulnerable populations, often without adequate testing,” the Trump DOJ charged in a press release at the time. The DOJ also said the orders “may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents.”
What’s more, Whitmer was accused of hypocrisy last spring when news emerged that her husband had tried to get his boat out on the lake more than 150 miles from their family home ahead of Memorial Day weekend, despite the fact that the governor had urged constituents to refrain from travel, as Fox News reported.
Thankfully, it looks like Republicans in Michigan and across the country are finally stepping up to the plate to fight back against the double standards on the left. It’s about time.