Gretchen Whitmer Calls on Business Leaders to Focus on ‘Civility’ in State Politics, Despite 7.5% Unemployment Rate

Gretchen Whitmer Calls on Business Leaders to Focus on ‘Civility’ in State Politics, Despite 7.5% Unemployment Rate


Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) used a Friday meeting with Detroit business leaders to focus on “civility” in state politics despite a 7.5 percent unemployment rate.

Whitmer, who has employed a strategy of shuttering businesses and schools during the pandemic and putting thousands out of work, told the Detroit Regional Chamber, “I think that it’s really important in this moment that the chamber and the members of the chamber lean in and hold people who espouse rhetoric that is dangerous accountable, and play a real role here,” the Detroit News reported.

During Whitmer’s “address for the business community,” the governor was critical of state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R), who had told a Republican group that Republicans had “spanked” Whitmer in several political battles.

She encouraged business owners to read a column in a business newspaper that advocated for Shirkey’s ouster.

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In December, the federal Bureau of Labor and

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