Michigan’s Whitmer apologizes after social media photo posted

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the beleaguered Michigan Democrat who was recently hit with an ethics complaint after allegedly agreeing to a discounted private jet trip to Florida while warning residents not to leave the State apologized on Sunday after posting a photo on social media that appeared to show her of her contempt. social distancing guidelines at a state bar.

The Detroit Free Press reported that the photo showed the governor with a large group at Landshark Bar & Grill, which is in East Lansing. The newspaper stressed that the group was exposed and that there did not appear to be any social distancing.

“Yesterday I went with some friends to a local restaurant,” Whitmer said in a statement obtained by the newspaper. “As more and more people arrived, the tables got closer. Because we were all vaccinated, we didn’t stop to think about it. In retrospect, I should have thought about it. I’m human. . I made a mistake and I apologize. “

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His office did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News after normal business hours. The newspaper reported that the photo first appeared on social media after a participant posted the photo and quickly deleted it. The report says Whitmer appears to be with a dozen people with tables close together. The free press pointed out that the state still requires social distancing in restaurants, with no more than six people at the table.

Whitmer came under scrutiny for using a plane owned by prominent corporate executives and largely covering the cost with Michigan Transition 2019, a non-profit fund originally established for the events of inauguration. The tab was $ 27,521, with Whitmer personally paying $ 855 of that amount.

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JoAnne Huls, Whitmer’s chief of staff, said the account supports the governor’s travel expenses when consistent with the fund’s goals.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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