Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer traveled out of state to go to her father, who has a continual sickness, throughout the previous six months and a minimum of one month in the past, a spokeswoman advised Lansing-based MIRS Information on Monday.
The information comes after Whitmer cautioned in opposition to touring to Florida for spring break amid a surge in coronavirus instances within the state. A number of Michigan well being officers reportedly traveled out of the state for spring break, regardless of Whitmer’s suggestion to stay in Michigan.
Whitmer’s “dad was totally vaccinated, and the governor is examined usually and has by no means examined optimistic for COVID,” spokeswoman Tiffany Brown advised MIRS. The governor traveled to see “her aged father who’s battling a continual sickness” and didn’t arrive throughout spring break, Brown stated. Brown didn’t say to which state Whitmer traveled; nonetheless, a supply advised MIRS that the governor’s father has a house in Florida.
Whitmer has additionally traveled out of Michigan to attend President Biden’s inauguration and to go to Michigan Nationwide Guard troops stationed in Washington, D.C., after supporters of President Trump rioted on the Capitol in January.
“All journeys had been very transient, two full days or much less, intently following public well being pointers, and had been made when Michigan’s each day positivity fee was within the low single digits,” Brown famous. “Because of ongoing safety issues, we won’t remark additional on the governor’s private schedule.”
Ted Goodman, communications director for the Michigan Republican Occasion, criticized Whitmer’s resolution to journey.
“Gov. Whitmer and the Democrat Occasion shut down the Michigan financial system, closed colleges and proceed to warn us about touring throughout this pandemic, but she refuses to abide by the identical algorithm,” Goodman stated in a written assertion. “Gov. Whitmer’s COVID-19 response might be summed up as — guidelines for thee, however not for me.”