It was last month when Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was exposed for taking trips to Florida after telling her people in Michigan to stay home.
She went after the people in Michigan who travel back and forth to Florida, blaming them for the surge in Covid.
And now, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer facing another scrutiny after reports that she used a private plane shared by high-powered, politically connected Detroit-area business families to visit her elderly father in Florida in March.
After the travel was exposed, Whitmer has repeatedly refused to give details about the trip, including when and where she went, how she got there and how she paid for it, citing security reasons. She has only said that taxpayer money was not used to pay for it, that it lasted “two full days or less” and that she went more than a month before April 19, when news of the trip leaked.
Her father, a retired CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, has a home in West Palm Beach.
Deadline Detroit reported that the governor, a Democrat, flew to Palm Beach the morning of March 12 and returned to Lansing the evening of March 15. The Associated Press confirmed a flight at those times using aviation-tracking website Flightradar24.
The Gulfstream 280 business jet is registered to Air Eagle, whose agent is John Nicholson, executive vice president of Detroit-based PVS Chemicals, according to state records. The Moroun family, which owns the Ambassador Bridge, said it is a partner in Air Eagle. The Detroit News and Crain’s Detroit Business reported Friday that the Cotton family, which sold Meridian Health in 2018, also has a stake.
The families largely donate to Republican candidates and committees.
Ted Goodman, a spokesman for the state GOP, said Friday that Whitmer “refuses to disclose important details including the cost of the plane and whether she paid fair market value.”
Asked who paid, the governor told reporters Thursday: “I’ve said everything I’m going to say about my trip to go check on my father. It was a quick trip. It was an important family reason for doing it, and I’ve got nothing to add.”
She said her office does not discuss her travel because she has gotten an “incredible number” of death threats in the last year and a half. She was allegedly targeted last year in a kidnapping plot over her coronavirus restrictions.
A spokesman for Whitmer, Bobby Leddy, said information in the Deadline Detroit story is not accurate, but he did not say what is inaccurate.
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Questions remain about the cost of the trips and if Whitmer reimbursed the men for the private flights on their jet.
Yet this is a new case of the tyrannical governor of Michigan telling everyone what to do, but she doesn’t follow her orders.