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Washington, D.C.  — The Michigan Court of Appeals has allowed the process of recalling Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist for abusing their powers and mishandling the COVID-19 pandemic to move ahead. 

 The effort to recall them is based on the argument they violated the Michigan Constitution’s separation of powers clause by continuing to issue virus-related orders through the state health department even after the Michigan Supreme Court found last October that Whitmer had abused her emergency powers, the website JustTheNews.com reported Wednesday.

The recall petitions, which Michigan’s Board of State Canvasser have already approved charge Whitmer with having exceeded her authority in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, including an extension of a promised “15-day pause” of indoor dining out over an additional two months.

“Whitmer’s continued actions which show an ‘It’s OK for me but not for thee’ mentality is not the mentality of an effective leader to bring Success and Growth to Michigan,” recall petitioner Chad Baase said.

The two Democrats have attempted to keep the recall process from moving forward by arguing in court the petitions fail to “adequately describe the authorities cited as reasons for the recall” and because the language used in them is unclear, citing as an example the use of the term “bars” to mean a public space.

The appeals court rejected that argument, “Any person invited to sign the petition would very likely envision a reference to a conventional tavern, where people can purchase and consume alcoholic beverages” while slapping Whitmer down further in the totality of its decision.

“We conclude that although the governor relied on the appearance of a string of nonsensical characters to support her challenge to the clarity of the petition language, the governor’s hasty conclusion about a word-processing irregularity does not arise often enough to compel reading the petition as featuring some gibberish in place of several normal characters that appear the rest of the time,” the court wrote.

The governor, speaking through a spokesman for her 2022 re-election campaign, said Whitmer intended to appeal the ruling in a further effort to block the attempt to recall her as she prepares to mount a bid for a second term.

 Peter Roff is a former U.S. News & World Report contributing editor now affiliated with several Washington, D.C. public policy organizations. He appears regularly as a commentator on the One America News network. Reach him by email at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @PeterRoff.

 The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of AmericanActionNews.com


Peter Roff is affiliated with several Washington, D.C. public policy organizations and is a former U.S. News and World Report contributing editor who appears regularly as a commentator on the One America News network. He can be reached by email at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @PeterRoff.

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David Baker
David Baker
3 months ago

Liberals ‘abuse their powers’ by exceeding their authority. That behavior is supposed to warrant their removal from office–by force, if necessary–but the methods they employ to gain such authority entail their appealing to minorities within their districts, engendering a hubris among these factions to encourage their public servants to ignore whatever limitations are established for their office. Our government is out of control, and they’re openly defying the very Constitution they swear to protect and defend, and by extension, their country and constituents.

David Macmeekin
David Macmeekin
3 months ago

She deserves everything the court throws at her. She is a tyrant. Michigan need a breath of fresh air.

Kevin Pantera
Kevin Pantera
3 months ago

She has no respect for the citizens of Michigan. She thinks she is above the law. Total fraud. Recall her. Get her out!

AmFer
AmFer
3 months ago

She is incompetent which causes her to defy common sense – when she gets in big trouble, she reverts to her ‘posse’ to bail her out. Nessel and Benson, along with Whitmer are The Wicked Witches of the West.

BrewDubbs
BrewDubbs
3 months ago

Finally! Some good news about my Michigan! The big thing is this – like when you don’t like your neighbor much and hear they are moving out…. will the next neighbor be better or worse?

We need to wipe out all of the condemned-o-crats from positions of authority, not just in my home town, but in my state and the nation. We don’t want mob rule, but we don’t want a monarchy, either. Give me liberty or give me death. Best short sentence ever spoken by a person who ended up being a part of our government.

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
3 months ago
Reply to  BrewDubbs

Before voting for anybody ,find out all you can about that person. If they aren’t from your state , that is if they moved to your state just to run for office, find out why they came there to run for office. We had that happen here in my state. A woman from OR. moved here just to run for Governor and then after some years when she didn’t get re elected she went back to OR. All she did was rent an APT then the Governors house.