LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s team will use the proper campaign account, not her inaugural nonprofit, to cover the cost of the private jet flight to Florida in March and her D.C. trip to President Joe Biden’s inauguration in January.
This move comes after conversations between the Whitmer administration and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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In a letter responding to House Oversight Committee Chair Steve Johnson (R-Wayland Twp.), attorney Chris Trebilcock said Whitmer’s next campaign filing will also show that the flight to President Joe Biden’s inauguration in January will also be paid out of her campaign.
Today’s letter clarifies that Whitmer and her security detail flew on March 12th from Lansing to Palm Beach on a twin-jet Air Eagle plane. On the return flight on March 15th, Gov. Whitmer, her security detail and her two daughters, were present.
Nobody other than the flight crew were on the plane, wrote Trebilcock, who is serving as the legal counsel for the Whitmer for Governor candidate committee and Michigan Transition 2019, the 501(c)4 she created initially to cover the costs of the inauguration.
Today’s news is the latest in an ongoing saga about the governor’s flight to Florida during a time when she told Michiganders not to travel there for spring break. Whitmer claimed she went to Florida tend to her “chronically ill” father, who was seen driving around Lansing in a new Tesla weeks later.
Elizabeth Hertel, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director and Trish Foster, Whitmer’s COO in charge of rolling out the vaccine, also vacationed down south. After returning home from a Gulf Shores, Alabama beach, Hertel’s department mandated masks for toddlers and preschoolers.
This is not the first time Whitmer and members of her administration have been caught shirking their own mandates. Over the weekend, Whitmer and Foster partied at The Landshark in East Lansing, along with Shelley Davis Boyd, Director of Communications at Michigan Association of School Boards, and Tiffany Dowling, President at M3 Group, an advertising agency.
The picture posted to social media showed these women along with other unidentified people sitting close together at The Landshark. They pushed tables together, violating the order of no more than 6 people per table.
The Landshark will not be held accountable for the violations or be fined.