Usually, if you get a billboard, you’re pretty happy. It’s likely that your career is on the upswing, and you’ve reached a point where it makes sense to advertise yourself.
But one Democrat governor won’t be flattered by a billboard that features her — probably because it’s pure satire, and essentially slams the leftist leader for her controversial policies.
Even so, that billboard is getting plenty of attention.
Steve Swick, a business owner in Michigan and Indiana posted something on Facebook that quickly caught a lot of eyes:
As you can see, the billboard says Whitmer is Indiana’s “Businessperson of the Year.”
Clearly, it’s a dig at the Governor for her draconian lockdown orders in the past year, which has resulted in many struggling businesses throughout the area.
And being a business owner himself, Swick isn’t too happy with Whitmer. As he recently told the Michigan Capitol Confidential:
She has destroyed them (Michigan’s retail business).
It is a travesty. It’s just the frustration over her policies and actions.
The billboards, owned by Swick Broadcasting Company, are “more satire than anything.”
However, that excuse isn’t good enough for the Indiana Chamber, who quickly responded to the outcry — they called the billboards “100% false,” and said they “had nothing to do with it.”
They also clarified that the real Business Leader of the Year was Dave Ricks of Eli Lilly.
But all that fades into the background amid the impact these billboards have had nationwide, and it’s likely many citizens might approve of this particular piece of satire.
As for Swick, this isn’t the first time he’s railed against the Governor’s orders.
Other billboards have taken potshots at Whitmer, as summarized by the Capitol Confidential:
One pictured an image of the Indiana flag and a caption that said, ‘The Great State of Indiana Welcomes Michiganders to a Free-to-Roam State. We thank you for the revenue!’
Another pictured a Michiganian as an unkempt, long-haired caveman alongside a well-groomed Hoosier holding a pair of scissors.
The billboard said ‘Current look at the border. Indiana salons & barber shops are open.’
Swick added that state residents are craving “a sense of normalcy,” and they’re flooding into Indiana because of Whitmer’s policies.
Many governors have come under fire for locking down “non-essential” businesses during the pandemic, and that has resulted in plenty of push-back from business owners.
But I doubt Whitmer expected to see these billboards pop up; she’s probably none too pleased.
- Satirical billboards razzing Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have been popping up.
- The latest mocks her by calling her the “Businessperson of the Year.”
- Local businessman Steve Swick continues to call out the Governor for her extreme lockdown orders, which he claims have damaged many businesses in the area.