Michigan Gov. Whitmer Paid Health Official a Big Amount After His Resignation in Secret Deal
Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, known to have ticked off most of her state throughout the coronavirus pandemic for her strong-arm approach to lockdowns, is finding herself in trouble yet again with her state.
The Detroit News reported that a deal, agreed to remain confidential, was made on February 22nd in which Whitmer’s administration paid a former state Health Department Director Robert Gordon more than $150,000 in taxpayer money after he abruptly resigned from his post in January.
According to the article, Gordon was paid nine months of salary plus health benefits, a total of $155,506, in agreement that he release the state “from any potential legal claims.”
The Detroit News reported, "The agreement is the clearest evidence yet that the split between Gordon…and Whitmer was not amicable, and it shows the Democratic administration used taxpayer funds to ease his departure.”
No one to this day knows exactly why Gordon resigned due to the confidential requirement of his agreement with the Whitmer administration. There’s really no surprise, because everyone knows that Whitmer has been a rather shady character during the entirety of pandemic and has had a tyrannical grip on the state since the get-go.
Gordon resigned only hours after signing an order allowing restaurants to begin offering indoor dining at reduced capacity and did not attend the press conference regarding the order.
In response to the Michigan Supreme Court ruled last October that Whitmer had violated the state’s constitution by side-stepping state legislatures to issue the restrictive orders, the Whitmer administration used Gordon to issue the coronavirus-related emergency orders.
Republicans did not hesitate to use the murky situation to shine a spotlight on Whitmer’s utterly terrible handling of the pandemic.
Republican Rep. Steve Johnson, chairman of the Michigan House Oversight Committee told Fox News: “We're still investigating the things the Whitmer Administration has done during COVID in plain sight, when we find out about a secret payoff behind closed doors. While it doesn't surprise me, the deception is shocking and shows how badly this Administration needs oversight so they can be held to account.”
Spokesman for the Michigan GOP, Ted Goodman, said, "Mr. Robert Gordon was the state's health director and played an instrumental role in the state's COVID-19 response. Michigan taxpayers deserve to know the circumstances surrounding the resignation of Mr. Gordon in the middle of a public health crisis.”
He added, "Why is Gov. Whitmer refusing to explain this secret deal?"