Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer will receive an award for “COVID courage,” the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced.
But the award comes even though she signed an order similar to that of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that put COVID patients in nursing homes, where potentially thousands of residents died as a result.
Whitmer will receive the award for her response to the coronavirus pandemic, the organization announced on Tuesday.
“Last summer, thousands of people across the country submitted COVID Courage nominations, sharing stories about members of their communities who put their health at risk to work on the frontlines,” the foundation explained. “In the face of backlash and threats, @GovWhitmer invoked emergency powers to contain the spread of the virus, issuing early, controversial orders to close schools and businesses, mandate mask wearing, and ban large gatherings, among other measures to keep people safe.”
When Americans think of the deaths of tens of thousands of nursing home residents who needlessly died because patients with COVID were put in their senior living facilities, most Americans think of massive scandal in New York involving Governor Andrew Cuomo.
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But Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and a handful of other Democrat governors also put COVID patients in nursing homes, and thousands of elderly people died in those facilities as well.
Peter Lucido, the Macomb County prosecutor, told WXYZ.com that Whitmer should face an investigation into her order. He appealed to those in the state who may have lost loved ones to the virus who were in nursing homes to seek out information about the deaths. He said HIPPAA laws prevent his office from obtaining some patient information.
As Red State reports, Lucido’s potential actions are not surprising given that he promised he would hold Whitmer accountable when he served in the state legislature and was running for the prosecutor’s office.
Lucido made news last year while running for Macomb County Prosecutor that he would do this very thing if he found wrongdoing. As a State Senator during the beginning of the COVID crisis last year, he and his fellow legislators were frustrated by the Governors’ lack of transparency in her decision-making process on COVID-related matters. This relationship between the Governor and the legislative branch has not improved and now with a former State Senator in a County Prosecutor position who could actually pursue an investigation, this changes the dynamic a bit.
Most of the Republicans in this state have done a fine job of issuing press releases and acting outraged. Lucido is now in a position to actually do something about it if he has complaints filed with his office. The newly elected Prosecutor has called on anyone who feels their loved one was a victim in this regard, to file a police report which then, in theory, would be investigated and turned over to his office.
With the threat of prosecution now being wielded over Whitmer’s administration, along with the lawsuit to release the data and the investigation into the hush-money paid to her former director of Health and Human Services, it looks like a rough year for the Guv.
The governors of Pennsylvania and New Jersey have also faced heavy criticism for causing thousands of deaths with their orders.