Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is facing Republicans’ criticism over allowing the state’s top health official to spend days in Alabama resort while Covid cases reach new records.
The criticism over Health Director Elizabeth Hertel’s vacation on Gulf Shores was prompted by a “lack of transparency” as Whitmer urged people to try not to travel amid the current health crisis.
“The sheer brazenness of Gov. Whitmer and her staff is truly something else,” Michigan GOP Ted Goodman said.
“The fact that our Governor and her top staff think it’s appropriate to travel out of state on vacation as Michigan faces the worst Covid numbers of any state in the country just reveals the arrogance and condescending nature of this administration.”
“Whitmer’s position on the draconian lockdown orders is simple rules for thee, but not for me.”
The Governor responded to Republicans’ comments during a Wednesday press briefing.
“I’m not going to get distracted by partisan hit jobs on my team. There have never been travel restrictions in Michigan,” she said.
“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. So, get vaccinated and mask up.”