Long live the Queen. In Michigan the Queen is Gretchen Whitmer who does not have to follow the rules she lays down for the great unwashed. While she was telling the citizens of Michigan not to take trips to other states, she went to Florida. If that were all to the story it would be bad but as it turns out it is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s about how she got to Florida which is the real story.
Whitmer decided she was just too good to fly on a plane with the common folk. So, instead she approached a group of billionaires who share the use of a private jet. These same billionaires have business before the state. Why would anyone decide that was a good idea? I can see conflict of interest from my house. I don’t blame the billionaires. Look at it from their side. What happens if they say no the next time they have business with the state?
Reporting for Deadline Detroit, Charlie LeDuff said Whitmer spent four days in Florida, not the two she claimed:
She flew on the businessmen’s Gulfstream G-280 twin jet. It was cold and clear on the morning of March 12 when she lifted off from Lansing and it was warm and sunny when she touched down in West Palm Beach at 9:37 a.m., federal flight records show.
She left West Palm Beach on Monday March 15 at 4:37 p.m. She touched down at 7:01 p.m in Lansing.
Here is something else. Whitmer claimed she had to go to Florida to take care of her father who has a chronic illness. But just a couple of days after her trip, her father was spotted coming out of a Lansing, Michigan shopping area. He got into a Tesla and drove away.
Whitmer’s office refused to provide additional details about the governor’s trip, citing “ongoing security concerns.”
But Deadline Detroit noted Whitmer’s office did not notify Florida law enforcement that she would be in the state, raising doubts about the sincerity of her office’s excuses.
Whitmer previously complained to the Washington Post that criticisms of her apparent hypocrisy were “maddening.”
“It was certainly not spring break,” she said, the Detroit News reported. “I was doing both my job as governor from a distance and being that of a daughter who was helping out a parent who needed a little help.”
According to the Michigan Constitution, the lieutenant governor acts as governor when the sitting governor is “absent from the state.”