The issue began last Friday when pictures appeared online of Whitmer’s Chief Operating Officer Tricia Foster on vacation in Florida. The state said she was fully vaccinated but the governor had just spoken of personal responsibility that day, even cautioning against travel to Florida a week prior.
On Wednesday, Whitmer was asked about Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel spending spring break in Alabama without being fully vaccinated.
“There have never been travel restrictions in Michigan, there just haven’t been. What we have done is to ask people to be smart to get vaccinated to mask up,” she said. “What directors do on their personal time is their business.”
But The Detroit News editorial page editor Nolan Finley said, “There were travel restrictions in Michigan. We opposed them, we objected to her shutdown orders that prevented travel within the state ... There’s also been plenty hypocrisy out of the governor’s office.”
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey told The Detroit News that he was OK with Hertel’s vacation, and House Speaker Jason Wentworth agreed with Whitmer on rejecting new COVID restrictions.