Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, queen of COVID lockdowns, reportedly took a PRIVATE JET to Florida during her OWN lockdown, in which she forced businesses to remain closed, banned people from participating in many recreational events, and effectively told all her residents to stay home.
And now, she doesn’t want to discuss it.
What a surprise.
When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was outed last month for a secretive trip to Florida in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, her office claimed Michigan taxpayers did not foot the bill.
What they did not tell us, however, is that Whitmer asked a group of wealthy Detroit businessmen to provide a private plane they share.
Those businessmen have major dealings in and with the state of Michigan.
And that’s just the start of the new Whitmer problem.
As LeDuff writes:
’We wondered why she reached out to us instead of booking a private charter,’ said one of the plane's owners, who exchanged his candor for confidentiality. ‘You can't tell a governor no. Who needs that kind of trouble?’
And this trip not only brought Whitmer to Florida, run by a governing body Whitmer criticized for not following the lockdown mania, it’s pretty darned expensive when one actually pays the fare.
Had Whitmer booked a round trip flight from Lansing to West Palm Beach through a private charter company, it would likely have cost $10,000 to $20,000, or a whopping $40,000 for the actual jet she took, according to private jet websites. The latter is more than 25 percent of the governor's salary -- before taxes.
And the Whitmer cabal has not given any indication that she footed the bill.
It is unclear whether Whitmer reimbursed the company – Air Eagle – which manages the aircraft owned by the businessmen. And, if so, at what price and from which bank account?
Indeed, Whitmer’s Michigan “team” is mum on it. And the Governor is dodging the issue when asked, notes LeDuff.
Whitmer was asked about this column by Sergio Martínez-Beltrán of Bridge Michigan during a Thursday morning event in Clare.
‘I've said everything I'm going to say about my trip to check on my father. I've got nothing to add,’ she replied. ‘We don't discuss my travel. I have received an incredible number of death threats over the last year and a half.’
Which is an odd thing to say, since her staff regularly schedules, and issues press releases for, public appearances that Michigan’s Wonder Woman makes around the state.
If anyone else were to have left the state to “check on my father,” not only would Whitmer’s “orders” have required the traveler to quarantine, she would have had “officials” check on the air travel company and find out how the interloper escaped and returned.
Unless it were Elizabeth Hertel,Whitmer’s own Director of Health and Human Services, who not only got caught going on Spring Break in Florida, but was daft enough to post pictures of it on social media.
But don’t mention any of this to Wonder Whitmer. She’s a superhero who can use invisible jets.
And her principles are invisible…
And she’s better than the rest of us.