The Republican Party in Michigan filed a complaint Friday against the state’s Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, claiming the governor violated campaign finance regulations in her travel to Florida since it was for reasons unrelated to formally defined campaign activity.
In the letter, which was first obtained by the Daily Caller, the GOP calls on Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to launch an investigation into Whitmer’s widely reported Palm Beach, Florida plane trip. The Democrat flew to Florida to visit her elderly father in March and borrowed a private jet from Detroit businessmen to do so. At the time, she had the state in strict lockdowns that included injunctions against travel.
Rocky Raczkowski, a Republican who served two terms in the Michigan House and is the leader of the largest GOP county party in the state, told The Federalist, “The sad part about this governor is that she lacks the character of what we need in a leader.”
“I’m disappointed because a simple ethics review would say, if it looks or smells or acts incorrectly, you stay away from it—especially when you’re the governor,” Raczkowski said. “You have to have trust in your leadership. You may not always like the policy decisions. But you have to have trust. This governor is one of the most hypocritical individuals in the entire United States.”
Soon after contradicting her instructions for residents to stay home, Whitmer went on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press” on April 19 and told people to “stay home.” The state’s GOP filed the complaint to the Bureau of Elections.
“This Complaint outlines numerous violations of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act … arising from Governor Whitmer’s secret four day luxury jet trip to West Palm Beach, Florida between March 12 and March 15, 2021,” the complaint states. “Specifically, the facts indicate that the Governor used a private Gulfstream jet, provided by a corporation (PVS Chemicals), for a personal trip to visit her father.”
“Whitmer team’s most recent position is that the luxury jet costs will either be paid for by the corporation or Gretchen Whitmer for Governor …Regardless of which entity pays
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