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One failed Michigan Governor Bails Out Another

As thousands of Michiganders continue to wait for Governor Gretchen Whitmer to fix the state's broken unemployment system, Whitmer continues to raise money for her political war chest. Today, Whitmer even enlisted the help of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm who oversaw one of the worst economic periods in state history with her two terms being labeled “Michigan’s Lost Decade”.

In a Tuesday fundraising email, Granholm asks for donors to help raise $10,000 “so the Governor’s team can ramp up legal and communications strategies”. This is despite the fact that Whitmer will not appear on an election ballot for almost two years, and such costs that are related to her official duties are covered by the state. Whitmer has been criticized for raising campaign funds throughout the COVID-19 crisis while hiring political communications specialist Chris Meagher onto the state payroll. 

“Jennifer Granholm’s endorsement of Gretchen Whitmer’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis shows that failed Governors stick together.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “Not only has Gretchen Whitmer bungled Michigan’s response to COVID-19 and overstepped her authority, but she continues to campaign off this crisis despite the fact that she isn’t on the ballot in 2020. However, her constant fundraising and dozens of national media appearances are further proof she is trying to change that by securing the 2020 Democrat Vice Presidential nomination.”

A copy of Granholm’s email can be found below.

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 10:42 AM, Jennifer Granholm <[email protected]> wrote:

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In tough times, Michiganders pull together. We’ve done it time and again.

So much unites us -- our Midwestern common sense, our open-hearted hospitality, our gratitude for the frontline workers who risk their lives each day to protect us. Caring for each other has never been a partisan issue in Michigan.

This pandemic is no different. The virus is the enemy, not each other.

Unfortunately, Republican leaders in Michigan are trying to curb Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency executive authority with petty lawsuits and an outrageous petition.

Gretchen needs our help, right now, to fight back. Will you help us raise $10,000 from this email, so the Governor’s team can ramp up legal and communications strategies, with a donation of $10 right now?

I can relate to what “that woman from Michigan” is going through—in more ways than one. Protests, economic crises, sexist attacks. A far-right group led by the Tea Party even tried to recall me in 2010!

Governor Whitmer has been exactly the leader we’ve needed in this unprecedented time.

From the moment she was sworn into office in 2019, Governor Whitmer has taken the role of problem-solver-in-chief seriously: leading our state to help fix the damn roads, increase funding for our public schools, and expand access to health care across the state.

Her leadership has reminded us all that elections matter.

Let’s make sure this far-right petition to curb Gretchen’s emergency authority doesn’t gain traction and stop the advance of our opponents’ far-right agenda. Will you help us raise $10,000 from this email, so the Governor's team can respond to the attacks, with a donation of $10 right now?

We must put these ridiculous partisan games to rest once and for all.

Thank you,

Jennifer Granholm
Former Governor of Michigan