LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey has been censured by members of his own district’s party.
The executive board of the Hillsdale County Republican Party voted 14 to 5 on the censure vote on Thursday, Feb. 4. Members said Shirkey, whose district includes Jackson, Hillsdale and Branch counties, has not done enough to push back against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her coronavirus-related executive orders.
For the last 11 months, Whitmer has shut down businesses via executive orders or through the Michigan Department of Health and Human services. In October, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the 1945 and 1976 laws Whitmer used as the basis of her extended shutdowns were unconstitutional.
One day after this decision, Shirkey said, “[I’m] not in a rush to negotiate new business regulations for mitigating the spread of COVID-19.”
The censure also says Shirkey is not doing enough to support conservative values like Second Amendment rights.
Censures are formal disapproval and largely symbolic.