Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has dumped a Democrat consulting firm that she hired to handle coronavirus contact tracing in the state.
Whitmer hired Great Lakes Community Engagement, which is headed up by Democrat Party consultant Michael Kolehouse. Kolehouse drew controversy in recent weeks by wishing for President Donald Trump to “get Coronavirus ASAP” and hoping for someone to “do the country a favor and cough on that man.”
She dumped Kolehouse’s operation after her administration admitted that the normal protocols were not used in awarding the contract. Cronyism has been Whitmer’s hallmark since assuming the office of the governor in 2019.
“This contract should have been approved by the State Emergency Operations Center,” a Whitmer spokesperson said in an email. “This issue is being corrected, and a different vendor and software platform will be selected by the SEOC. The state is committed to ensuring this important tracing work can begin quickly to help save lives, while also ensuring that public health data is safe and secure.”
Republicans throughout the state have pilloried Whitmer for essentially giving a kickback to Democrat operatives during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I want to know how Gov. Whitmer’s administration decided to hire this company without a competitive bid process, or letting the Legislature — charged with ensuring accountability within state government — know about it,” Republican state representative Shane Hernandez of Port Huron said in a letter to Gov. Whitmer.
“I want to know what safeguards the governor has in place to ensure the information gathered during this COVID-19 response doesn’t wind up in the hands of any campaigns,” he added.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, a native of Michigan, also pointed out Whitmer’s poor leadership:
Kolehouse recently posted on social media that he hopes President Trump gets coronavirus.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) April 21, 2020
The issue was initially discovered by Livingston county commissioner Wes Nakagiri, a tea party organizer in the state, who exposed the issue in a series of press releases.
“I’ve been involved with grassroots activists for a little over a decade,” Nakagiri said to the Washington Free Beacon. “I’ve never seen anything like this on the conservative side of the ledger, where you’ve got this entity working with governmental bodies, dumping huge networks of information into one database. They’re asking for contact information, they’re asking for who else lives in the house—it’s troubling that this information is being stored in a Democrat-aligned database.”
Whitmer has used the pandemic to promote her own leadership profile in the hopes of becoming Vice President. Her posturing may backfire as her corrupt actions are exposed and protests such as Operation Gridlock undermine her authority.
Virginia’s Ralph Northam Caught At Beach Without Facemask, Social Distancing
Northam has mandated strict coronavirus restrictions.
A new photo has emerged of controversial Virginia Governor Ralph Northam inspecting safety measures while inspecting a public beach at Virginia Beach. In the photo, Northam is neither wearing a facemask or keeping six feet of distance away from other people, as suggested by social distancing guidelines.
Northam was caught engaging in the hypocritical conduct on Saturday.
Do as I say, not as I do. pic.twitter.com/0oFQKdIvWx
— Kyle (@KyleWayneTaylor) May 23, 2020
As Governor, he’s urged Virginians to wear face masks and to maintain social distance from others. The state is currently slated to keep its stay-at-home restrictions in place for a lengthier duration than other states, with one public health official claiming that the state’s reopening would be a “two year affair.”
The Governor’s staff issued an excuse for his irresponsible conduct on Saturday, claiming ignorance towards the possibility of entering close proximity with other people.
JUST IN: Statement from @GovernorVA on not wearing a mask today while in Virginia Beach. “The Governor has repeatedly encouraged wearing face coverings inside or when social distancing is impossible. He was outside today and not expecting to be within six feet of anyone.” @NBC12
— Henry Graff (@HenryGraff) May 23, 2020
This isn’t the first report suggesting that Governor Northam is engaging in rank hypocrisy amidst widespread disruption to the lives of everyday citizens during the coronavirus epidemic. Multiple witnesses in Dare County, North Carolina, have claimed that either Northam or his personal family members have violated both county and state stay-at-home restrictions through travel to Northam’s luxurious oceanfront vacation home. Northam denied the reports, but is yet to answer why cars with his distinguishable license plates have been arriving at the gated community where his vacation home is.
The beachfront incident is perhaps the latest corroborating evidence of hypocrisy and an elitist double standard. Luxury and leisure for me, and restrictions for thee?
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