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Michigan governor blasted for breaking her own COVID restriction

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Michiganders are not happy with Governor Gretchen Whitmer after she apologized for breaking her own state-wide COVID restriction. Whitmer was captured in a photo with twelve other people at a restaurant Saturday. The photo has since been deleted.

Currently, dine-in groups of up to 6 people are allowed when seated according to an order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. But, tables must be 6 feet apart. In the photo, three tables have been pushed together to fit all 13 individuals. The order has been in effect since May 15th and remains until the end of the month.

Many pointed out that the Michigan governor is vaccinated, but the order applies to all, vaccinated or otherwise. No exception is made for those who have received the vaccine.

“Throughout the pandemic, I’ve been committed to following public health protocols,” Whitmer said Sunday in a statement to local media. “Yesterday, I went with friends to a local restaurant. As more people arrived, the tables were pushed together. Because we were all vaccinated, we didn’t stop to think about it. In retrospect, I should have thought about it. I am human. I made a mistake, and I apologize.” The statement was not published to her website, or tweeted online.

Attorney Matthew S. DePerno tweeted his opinion about the “pretentious” apology. He would rather see Whitmer resign. Others online also agreed that Whitmer was acting like a hypocrite.

Instead of addressing the controversy online, Whitmer tweeted to celebrate 8 million Michiganders receiving the vaccine. So, some responded by bringing more attention to her rule breaking.

https://twitter.com/Sandeesdrapes/status/1396575103924703238

Executive director of the Michigan Freedom Fund Tori Sachs also demanded that the governor take some action rather than make apologies. Since she was asking for forgiveness, Sachs suggested that Whitmer “pardon those accused of similar offenses.”

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Biden Energy Secretary Subject of Ethics Complaint for Promoting Electric Company She Held $1.6 Million in Stock

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US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm
US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm

President Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has received an ethics complaint for promoting an electric bus company she sat on the board of and held over a million dollars of stock in. She did so all while being a part of the executive branch in Biden’s administration.

Breitbart reports Granholm, “who oversees moving the country toward an electric vehicle transportation system and enjoys newfound powers after the passage of Biden’s infrastructure package — is facing scrutiny for promoting Proterra, a Burlingame, California-based electric bus company she sat on the board of and held 240,520 shares of stock in, which garnered her $1.6 million when she finally divested them 157 days after her nomination.”

Critics say Granholm has promoted Proterra in her official capacity as energy secretary and for hyping grant access to companies with connections to Proterra. Additionally, they say Granholm’s promotion of Proterra has increased its visibility and therefore the value of her stock before she was required to sell her shares due to ethics rules.

As of Monday, the company had a market cap of $2.6 billion. Granholm also promoted Burlingame, a California electric vehicle company, at the same time “Democrats in Congress were crafting – and ultimately passing – Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, which dramatically increases Granholm’s authority as energy secretary to advance private sector companies in the transition to an electric vehicle-based transportation infrastructure” reports Breitbart.

The infrastructure package “grants as much as $174 billion to green vehicles and $456 billion to zero-emission buses to ‘replace 50,000 diesel transit vehicles and electrify at least 20 percent of our yellow school bus fleet’ and ‘to build a national network of 500,000 EV chargers by 2030.”

Breitbart reports:

Granholm’s involvement with Proterra started in March of 2017 when the company announced she would be joining its board ostensibly due to her experience with the automotive sector when she served as Michigan’s governor from 2003 to 2011. Proterra hoped to use Granholm’s “track record for producing a high-quality clean energy and transportation workforce in the Midwest” to launch the company into the “next phase of strategic growth and national deployment,” its press release explained. During her time on the board, Granholm supplemented her considerable income by simultaneously serving on the boards and consulting for various left-wing organizations as well, such as American Bridge PAC and Media Matters.

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