Michigan Republicans blasted the governor for the trip during the pandemic.
“Gretchen Whitmer’s blatant display of hypocrisy is an insult to every single Michigander impacted by her lockdown orders and travel warnings,” said Ted Goodman, Communications Director of the Michigan Republican Party. “Not only did Whitmer and her top staffers vacation to Florida, but they tried to keep it a secret because for Whitmer, it’s—rules for thee, but not for me.”
Goodman referenced a pair of Whitmer’s top staffers who recently traveled out of state on vacations to Florida and Alabama, including Elizabeth Hertel, the director of Health and Human Services.
Whitmer derided the reports on her staffers as partisan attacks.
“I’m not going to get distracted by partisan hit jobs on my team. So, what directors do on their personal time is their business, so long as they are safe, which is what we’re asking everyone in the state to do.”