Today, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox called on Governor Gretchen Whitmer to honor her 2018 campaign pledge to open the Michigan Executive Office of the Governor (EOG) to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The action comes after Bridge Magazine revealed emails showing that members of the EOG signed off on COVID-19 tracing contracts, which were given to a partisan Democrat political firm. The emails also show that the Whitmer team attempted to blunt political blowback by switching the deals to non-political entities owned by the same Democrat contractors.
In addition to the Whitmer teams mishandling of the COVID-19 tracing contracts, Whitmer has made several claims which could not be substantiated, and which Whitmer refused to verify, or that were proven false. In March, Whitmer claimed that the Trump administration was not aiding Michigan when, in fact, the Governor simply failed to file for Federal disaster assistance.
Whitmer also accused the Trump administration of forcing contractors to divert supplies from the state of Michigan. However, Whitmer refused to name a single company that participated in such a conspiracy and dropped the matter when pressed.
“It’s become abundantly clear that Governor Gretchen Whitmer is actively seeking the 2nd highest office in the land, yet she has repeatedly misled the people of Michigan.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “The American people deserve to know who Gretchen Whitmer really is and how she makes decisions. The time has come to learn the truth. Therefore, I am calling upon Governor Gretchen Whitmer to honor her 2018 campaign pledge to open the Governor’s office to FOIA requests and make available all internal emails sent since she was sworn into office January 1, 2019.”