Recall effort against Michigan’s Whitmer can proceed, court says

The recall can proceed.

The Daily Wire reports that the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a recall effort against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) can move forward. 

Whitmer faces multiple recall petitions

Whitmer is now facing no less than six recall petitions, five of which have to do with Whitmer’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to The Daily Wire.

Whitmer is among the many Democratic lawmakers across the country who have been caught breaching their own guidelines amid COVID-19. The Michigan governor was recently seen flouting her own rules limiting the number of patrons who can be seated together at restaurants in the state.

Whitmer required restaurants to cap parties at six, but she was reportedly seen alongside roughly a dozen others at an eatery in East Lansing.

Whitmer has also come under fire for a trip she made to Florida to visit her father — one she made after urging Michigan residents to avoid traveling to the Sunshine State — and has faced criticism for failing to quarantine when she returned from the out-of-state excursion, as her own orders had required. Whitmer has reportedly insisted that taxpayer money did not fund the trip.

But wait, there’s more

Making matters worse for the governor, Whitmer instituted a policy early in the COVID-19 pandemic requiring her state’s nursing homes to accept recovering coronavirus patients back into their facilities. It’s a policy eerily similar to one New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has faced heavy criticism for.

Some have also argued that Michigan, like New York, may have undercounted coronavirus-related deaths in its nursing homes.

Governor pushes back

Whitmer, for her part, has said the recall petitions are part of a “coordinated attack by Republicans,” as The Daily Wire notes.

“We plan to appeal this disappointing decision and we fully intend to beat back these irresponsible partisan attacks against the Governor in the courts, on the streets, or at the ballot,” the governor’s office said in a statement.

“This is part of a massive and coordinated attack by Republicans trying to make the Governor fail and our campaign will strenuously oppose these efforts so the Governor can keep saving lives, reopening our economy, and creating jobs,” Whitmer’s office added.

Those leading each recall must secure 1 million signatures within 60 days to move forward with their efforts. If successful, the petitions would be put on the ballot this November.

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