Last week, it was revealed that two of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s top health officials left the restrictive state of Michigan to vacation in free southern states despite warnings from the state’s governor to stay home and stay safe.
Whitmer’s Chief Operating Officer Trish Foster flouted her own restrictions and recommendations by traveling to Florida with her family, where they were seen in photos without masks and without social distancing.
Shortly after the news broke about Foster it was discovered that Whitmer’s newly appointed HHS Director Elizabeth Hertel also traveled to the free state of Alabama for a vacation with her family. It was later reported that Hertel was vaccinated, but Hertel had only received one dose of the vaccine before leaving the state for a little R & R.
Governor Whitmer responded to the report about her HHS Director heading south when the state of Michigan was experiencing a huge surge in COVID cases, by saying, “I’m not going to get distracted by partisan hit jobs on my team,” adding, “There have never been travel restrictions in Michigan. What directors do on their personal time is their business so long as they are safe which is what we’re asking everyone in the state to do.”
No wonder Michigan’s Democrat governor wasn’t overly concerned about her two top health officials leaving the state while COVID cases were surging to record levels—as it turns out, Whitmer was also secretly vacationing in Florida while telling residents of her own state to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID.
Whitmer’s travel to Florida contradicts her Administration’s 14 months of shutdown orders, lockdowns, and calls for Michiganders to stay home to stay safe.
“Gretchen Whitmer’s blatant display of hypocrisy is an insult to every single Michigander impacted by her lockdown orders and travel warnings,” said Ted Goodman, Communications Director of the Michigan Republican Party. “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.”