Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is in hot water in her home state after word leaked that she took a secret trip to Florida to visit her sick father despite not being vaccinated and against the advice she gave out to her constituents.
“Whitmer’s rampant hypocrisy continues to insult hard-working Michiganders who struggle to get past her disastrous handling of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chris Gustafson, a spokesman for the Republican Governors Association.
Tiffany Brown, a spokeswoman for Whitmer, confirmed the trip but gave out few details citing “ongoing security concerns.”
Brown added that Whitmer “did not go on spring break,” but went to Florida “to assist her elderly father who is battling a chronic illness.”
Whitmer’s father “was fully vaccinated and the governor,” who was not “is tested regularly and has never tested positive for COVID,” Brown said. “The trip was not paid for at taxpayers’ expense.”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled out of state more than a month ago to visit her chronically ill father, her office said Monday.
News of Whitmer’s trip, first reported by the Lansing newsletter Michigan Information & Research Service, brought new charges of hypocrisy from Republican critics.
MIRS reported that Whitmer’s father has a home in Florida, but Whitmer’s office would not confirm that, or say in which state Whitmer visited him.
…Officials earlier confirmed that Whitmer’s chief executive officer, Tricia Foster, traveled to Florida with her daughter during spring break, at a time Whitmer had specifically expressed concern about spring break travel to that state. Elizabeth Hertel, the director of the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency that issues Michigan’s coronavirus restrictions, recently traveled with her family to the Gulf Coast of Alabama when her department was cautioning against such travel and while cases in Michigan were surging.
🚨 Breaking: @gretchenwhitmer traveled to Florida during the spring outbreak in Michigan, despite telling Michiganders to stay put. 🚨— Chris Gustafson (@chris_gustafson) April 19, 2021
Lockdown for thee, open Florida waters for Whitmer. pic.twitter.com/nsuik7WzmN
🚨PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY IN LANSING @ 11:30 AM ET – DM FOR DETAILS🚨 @GovWhitmer admits she traveled out of state just one month ago, but won’t say where. We will get answers. 11:30 am today. pic.twitter.com/r4zuJnGeRz— Michigan GOP (@MIGOP) April 20, 2021
🚨🚨🚨🚨 Why won’t @gretchenwhitmer say WHERE and WHEN she left Michigan for her trip? It’s already happened. No reason to hide the facts unless there is more to the story. What is Whitmer hiding NOW? #MIGov #DemGovs https://t.co/fnoUKddBVf— Dave Rexrode (@DRexrode) April 20, 2021