The Michigan GOP issued a statement earlier today calling for Governor. Gretchen Whitmer and her former Department of Health Director Robert Gordon to release all information surrounding an alleged “secret deal” between the two after Gordon abruptly left his post. While the details of his departure are confidential, Gordon reportedly agreed to a $155,506 payout following his resignation.
According to Fox News:
Republicans want Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office to “immediately open up an investigation” into the deal.
They also called on the state legislature to “issue subpoenas and hold hearings to answer a very simple question — Why is Gov. Whitmer buying the silence of a former government employee, the state’s top public health official, in the middle of a global pandemic?”
State Sen. Jim Runestad, a Republican, said the “confidentiality agreement just adds another wrinkle to the problem.” “The administration has not been forthcoming with the data or the information surrounding their COVID policies,” Runestad continued. “The continued secrecy is troubling, and even more reason to investigate the Whitmer administration’s COVID policies.”
GOP state senators are also demanding an investigation into Whitmer’s nursing home policies to determine if they fueled the death toll in nursing homes.
This comes as Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Charlie LeDuff announced yesterday that he’s preparing a lawsuit against Whitmer for the release of the state’s nursing home data. “The public has a right to know. Above all, the public has a need to know. We shut down the entire economy, we interrupted our children’s lives, all in the name of protecting the most vulnerable. We now know this was the institutionalized elderly. If we could not protect them, at the very least we deserve an explanation from Madam Governor,” he told Fox.
New York Andrew Cuomo is in hot water for his own nursing home coverup and sexual harassment scandals, California’s Governor is going to face a recall election, and now Michigan’s governor is at the center of a scandal. It’s not a good day to be a Democrat Governor in America.
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