During the past year, state governors and other political leaders have come under fire for their lockdown decisions. Controversy swirls around several who enacted the most draconian rules.
This includes people like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. In fact, many have been calling for these 3 to be removed.
And that could still happen to Gov. Whitmer.
For some time, recall petitions have been circulating for Whitmer—five petitions want her removed for her handling of the epidemic, and one wants her gone for her trip to Israel.
Those petitions hit a bit of a legal snag recently, as they didn’t have the green light to move forward.
However, that snag is gone now:
The courts have just approved the petitions, and those looking to unseat Whitmer can start gathering signatures. It’s a definite problem for the Democrat leader.
Via The Daily Wire:
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a recall effort, aimed at unseating the state’s Democrat governor Gretchen Whitmer, can move forward, agreeing with the state’s Board of Canvassers, which approved several recall petitions.
According to Local Detroit media reports, the court “affirmed the board’s approval of seven petitions.” This includes the 6 against Whitmer, and 1 against Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II.
The biggest problem Michigan residents have with Whitmer is obviously some of the decisions she made in 2020.
Several of them are similar to the controversial choices NY Gov. Cuomo made concerning nursing homes and adult care facilities, and he’s been under heavy scrutiny for a long time.
Similar to the Cuomo situation, many claim Whitmer’s administration hid the facts from the public.
Lawyers from the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation have accused Whitmer’s team of “undercounting” the number of nursing home deaths: the reported number of 5,600 might be much lower than reality.
On top of that, Whitmer has allegedly broken her own regulations multiple times.
The most recent issue involved her personal, taking a flight to Florida to visit her ailing father. This was just after Whitmer told Michigan citizens to avoid the state of Florida.
As for the petitions, it’s important to remember that the recall effort isn’t officially on the ballot (via MLive):
The petitions do have a high bar to clear to get recalls approved. According to state law, the recall petitions would need more than one million signatures in 60 days.
In order for the petitions to go on the August ballot, they would have had to meet the deadline in April.
It is unclear if they could end up on the November ballot, which is meant for local elections this year. That deadline is July 30.
But at least the petitions have been okayed, and that’s the first step.
At this point, it’s clear that Gov. Whitmer’s job remains in some question, and many Michigan residents are very unhappy with their state leader. And maybe they have every right to be.
- The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that the petitions to recall Gov. Gretchen Whitmer can move forward.
- Five petitions want her removed for her handling of the 2020 crisis, and one calls for a recall due to her trip to Israel.
- Whitmer’s administration has been accused of “undercounting” nursing home deaths, and breaking her own regulations.
Source: The Daily Caller