Michigan county board approves resolution in support of impeaching Whitmer

A county in northern Michigan approved a resolution Friday to support the impeachment of Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerGovernors brace for 2022 after year in pandemic spotlight Protesters crash former Detroit police chief's gubernatorial announcement event Former Detroit police chief launching gubernatorial campaign vs. Whitmer next week MORE (D).

MLive.com reported that the Kalkaska County Board of Commissioners voted 4-2 on a resolution backing calls for Whitmer’s impeachment. The measure will now be sent to the Michigan legislature for consideration.

County Commissioner David Comai blamed what he called Whitmer’s “unconstitutional executive orders” for Kalkaska's economic crisis. Many conservatives have expressed outrage at actions Whitmer has taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Top GOP legislators have indicated they do not support efforts to impeach Whitmer, The Detroit News reported.

"We’re not the party that impeaches someone because we’re upset with policies that they’ve enacted,” said state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R). “I thought it was shameful what the Democrats did to President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE last year, and I would assume that any attempt by Republicans right now, with the current set of facts that we have to impeach the governor, would be on the same level.”

Michigan state Rep. Matt Maddock (R) last week said he and a “growing list of Michigan Legislators” planned to begin proceedings to impeach Whitmer. Maddock claimed that Whitmer had “ignored court orders. Violated our Constitutional rights. Completely ignored due process and the legislature. Weaponized contract tracing databases to aid democrat campaigns,” when listing the reasons he believed she should be impeached.

Whitmer's press secretary, Tiffany Brown, responded by saying, "Governor Whitmer doesn't have any time for partisan politics or people who don't wear masks, don't believe in science, and don't have a plan to fight this virus. Right now, she is focused on saving lives."