July 22, 2022
July 22, 2022
Lansing, Mich., July 22, 2022 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer is avoiding national Democrats that visit Michigan, as support for Democrats continues to decline ahead of the midterms.
Today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will join Democrat members of Michigan’s Congressional Caucus including Representatives Dan Kildee, Andy Levin, Haley Stevens, and Debbie Dingell to discuss the semiconductor chip shortage with auto workers and leaders. Whitmer is not on the guest list of speakers.
Earlier this week, Dr. Jill Biden visited Detroit Public Schools to discuss federal funding aimed at helping students recover from learning losses during the pandemic. Whitmer was not seen at the event and made no remarks about the visit.
This is not the first time Whitmer avoided her Democrat colleagues. Last year, President Biden spoke in Detroit while Whitmer jetted off to California for her own fundraiser, avoiding Biden’s visit. Before the 2020 election, Whitmer publicly supported Joe Biden multiple times. Now that Biden and Democrats have a historically low approval rating ahead of the midterms, Whitmer is nowhere to be seen.
“Governor Whitmer is keeping her distance from President Biden and national Democrats,” said Eric Ventimiglia, Executive Director for Michigan Rising Action. Ventimiglia continued, “Whitmer knows she is on thin ice with Michiganders and any connection to Biden and national Democrats damages her own political standing. Whitmer can’t hide her past support for the President that gave us soaring inflation and high gas prices.”