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Gary Peters Is Avoiding Tough Questions: Does He Support Whitmer’s COVID-19 Nursing Home Policies?

As Gary Peters dodges taking a position on dangerous Whitmer nursing home policies, John James calls for immediate policy changes to protect vulnerable seniors

LANSING, Mich., June 16, 2020 – Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox today called on Gary Peters to quit avoiding tough questions and finally say whether he supports Governor Whitmer’s COVID-19 nursing home policies, which have been called into question by Democrats and Republicans alike. 

Unlike Peters, fellow Democrats have been unafraid to stand up to Whitmer as lives are put in jeopardy when COVID-19 positive patients are placed in nursing homes with COVID-free patients. 

Democratic State Rep. Leslie Love, whose mother became infected with COVID-19 in a nursing home, opposes Whitmer on the topic. “Why the state of Michigan has chosen this path is beyond me,” Love said. “It seems like the most idiotic thing we could come up with.” (WDIV, 5/27/20)

Whitmer doubled down on the issue yesterday when she announced new nursing home rules but did not end the policy of sending COVID-positive patients to “hub” nursing faculties.  

Yet Peters remains silent, even as his office churns out an endless stream of press releases about the coronavirus. 

Meanwhile, combat veteran and businessman John James has consistently called on Governor Whitmer to immediately revise her executive order mandating nursing homes accept COVID-19 positive patients— even if the facility has no patients who have tested positive.

“Gary Peters is flooding the zone with press releases in an attempt to show action on COVID-19, but when it comes to a controversial and dangerous policy his PR machine goes quiet,” said Cox. “Michigan needs a U.S. Senator who is not afraid to stand up for them and that is why combat veteran John James is the best person for the job.” 

For more information on Democratic State Representative Leslie Love’s opposition to dangerous nursing home policies, click here.