Michiganders are bracing for what could be a cold winter in more ways than one as the new COVID-19 precautions begin to come down from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office. While this will be the second round of what many considered to be excessive and unacceptable orders that encroach on personal liberty, some state Republicans have found a way to not only reach for liberty again, but force Whitmer to respond.
According to local WXYZ 7, Michigan Republican members of the state legislature are calling for impeachment hearings for Whitmer on the grounds of her dealings with the COVID-19 pandemic and related shutdowns.
Leading the charge against the governor is Rep. Matt Maddock who represents the western part of Oakland County in Michigan. Maddock says that he has been joined by several other legislators who are calling “for impeachment hearings for Governor Whitmer.”
In a Facebook post, Maddock listed the other state lawmakers who have joined his cause as well as his reasons for pushing that Whitmer be impeached:
“Myself and the following members: Daire Rendon, Beau LaFave, Ryan Berman, Shane Hernandez, John Reilly, incoming legislators Ken Borton Steve Carra Patrick Outman, Senators Dan Lauwers Lana Theis and a growing list of Legislators are calling forthwith for impeachment hearings for Governor Whitmer,” Maddock said.
“Michigan voters know she has committed the following impeachable conduct,” Maddock said, listing that Witmer has “Ignored court orders, Violated our Constitutional rights, Completely ignored due process and the legislature, Weaponized contract tracing databases to aid democrat campaigns” and is “Using our kids as political pawns and denied special needs students who depend on the services that occur during in-person classes.”
The state representative went on to say that the governor has “Caused the unnecessary death of thousands of our vulnerable elderly who died alone and scared in nursing homes.”
Maddock and his fellow elected officials’ move comes after Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon announced new COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday which they considered to be out of control and unconstitutional.
According to the local news source, the Michigan Constitution gives the state House of Representatives the power of impeachment of “civil officers for corrupt conduct in office or for crimes or misdemeanors.”
Whitmer’s press secretary, Tiffany Brown, released this statement to 7 Action News which showed that she doesn’t care to hear from anyone who doesn’t agree with her mandates, highlighting that she didn’t want to list to anyone who doesn’t want to wear a mask, but continued to call her own efforts bipartisan.
“Governor Whitmer doesn’t have any time for partisan politics or people who don’t wear masks, don’t believe in science, and don’t have a plan to fight this virus,” the statement read. “Right now, she is focused on saving lives. The governor will continue to work hard for all 10 million Michiganders. This is about Michigan vs. COVID-19. Governor Whitmer doesn’t care if you’re a Trump Republican or a Biden Democrat. We are all in this together.”
Fellow Republican Rep. Steve Carra also weighed in, giving his opinion of the state’s governor in a Facebook post:
“Why I joined a list of legislators calling for IMPEACHMENT of Governor Gretchen Whitmer:
“We have 3 branches of government and the governor has continued to work unilaterally and unconstitutionally through executive orders and her department heads,” Carra said. “We live in a Constitutional Republic and our legislators are meant to work together, write laws, and come up with a team-based approach representing our communities.
“Any excuse for the governor operating imperfectly such as, ‘she’s doing her best, I understand if she makes a mistake or two, what she is doing is for the greater good,’ is the precise reason why there should be 110 state representatives and 38 state senators at the table making decisions. If we mess up, vote us out. One unilateral and unconstitutional decision-maker and her unelected bureaucrats inconsistently picking winners and losers for this long is inexcusable.
“Additionally, I am disappointed the courts have not done more to expeditiously reign in this blatant abuse of power and disregard for the U.S. and Michigan Constitutions.”
“That’s why I am adding my name to the list of legislators calling for the impeachment of Governor Whitmer.”