You can definitely say the “you know what” has hit the fan for Gretchen Whitmer.
Not only is she facing heat for her handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, but now her former health director is gearing up to tell-all on another scandal.
Suspicions first started to arise when health director Robert Gordon abruptly announced his departure early this year and he also received a very hefty severance payout.
This raised many red flags for GOP lawmakers, who are currently investigating Whitmer and have now ordered Gordon to revoke the confidentiality clause he signed upon his departure.
Is it all coming out?
Following a backlash, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the state’s former health director agreed this week to waive a confidentiality clause related to a $155,000 severance deal amid the official’s abrupt resignation in January.
The departure, which Robert Gordon announced Jan. 22, coupled with his hefty payout raised concerns in the media and with state lawmakers, prompting Whitmer, a Democrat, to revoke the clause Thursday “in the interest of greater transparency,” FOX 2 of Detroit reported.
Gordon resigned the day after he issued an order to allow indoor dining to resume, WDIV-TV in Detroit reported.
Neither Whitmer nor Gordon have given the reason for his departure but his successor, Elizabeth Hertel, intimated that Whitmer and Gordon may have had a difference of opinion about coronavirus orders.
State Republicans want to question Gordon about the nature of his departure.
Well, this certainly isn’t looking too promising for Whitmer, especially considering that these two were apparently at odds just before Gordon quit.
There’s something “there there” about his departue – why was he at odd with Gretch, and why did she want to hide it?
It’ll certainly be interesting to hear what he has to say…
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