Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been under fire for several weeks due to her draconian approach to the coronavirus crisis in the state and a new revelation about her administration has landed her in even more hot water.
Former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that Whitmer could be in “big trouble” after she was busted for awarding a no-bid contract to a Democrat campaign organization.
According to Fox News, Whitmer’s administration admitted on Tuesday that a coronavirus contact-tracing contract that would gather personal data on the people of Michigan had been awarded to Great Lakes Community Engagement, a political organization headed up by prominent Democrat strategist Michael Kolehouse.
Kolehouse had written in recent Facebook posts that Donald Trump should “get coronavirus ASAP” and wished someone would “do the country a favor and cough on that man.”
Furthermore, according to the Washington Free Beacon, Michigan awarded another contact-tracing contract to Every Action VAN, a subsidiary of a large Democrat data collection firm. “The liberal firm works with all of the major Democratic campaign committees and hundreds of labor unions across the country,” the Beacon reported.
The Whitmer administration admitted that “normal protocols were bypassed” in order to award the contract to GLCE. Fox News noted that both contact tracing operations were to be coordinated together.
GOP leaders raised the alarm in regard to the suspicious circumstances soon after the announcements earlier this week. “Imagine, gathering information from the people of Michigan under the pretext of public health and sending it to a Democratic campaign outfit. That’s what Gretchen Whitmer tried to do with tax dollars,” Tucker Carlson said.
“I want to know how Gov. Whitmer’s administration decided to hire this company without a competitive bid process, or letting the Legislature — charged with ensuring accountability within state government — know about it,” GOP state Rep. Shane Hernandez questioned in a letter to Whitmer.
“I want to know what safeguards the governor has in place to ensure the information gathered during this COVID-19 response doesn’t wind up in the hands of any campaigns.”
Former Nevada AG Adam Laxalt told Carlson that the optics of Whitmer allowing a no-bid contract go to a highly partisan organization are not good.
“I think she could be in big trouble,” Laxalt said. “Let’s see what happened here, so this contract gets awarded to this Democratic group, and politics and your official office are never supposed to overlap.”
Laxalt noted that Whitmer’s administration rejected Freedom of Information Act requests in regard to the contracts, and explained “that’s where we could find the real trouble. Did they go through the hurdles they should have to pass the state contact?”