Governor Whitmer spoke publicly after photos of her and 12 other people at a bar in East Lansing surfaced on the far-right website, Breitbart.
The group violated interior Michigan restaurant rules.
“It was an honest mistake and I apologized for it,” Whitmer said.
The photo is compared to California Governor Gavin Newsom at the start of the pandemic, seen at a birthday party at a restaurant, the French Laundry.
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Whitmer said everyone at his table was fully vaccinated, unlike those at the Newsome party. However, Republicans online called the photo a hypocrite.
Meshawn Maddock, co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party, tweeted: “Hairdressers were targeted by Nessel while cutting their hair on the Capitol lawn a year ago, can they apologize and get their thousands back? dollars in legal fees? ”
On Monday, Whitmer said the bar she visited – Landshark Bar & Grill – would not face a fine and was different from other businesses that broke the rules.
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“I think we haven’t specifically advanced and penalized companies that are trying to do the right thing. It is those who violate and put the safety of people at risk that are of most concern, ”she said.
The governor’s photo comes amid controversy over his trip to Florida in March. Republicans across the state are still asking for answers to 43 specific questions submitted to her office about who was on the flight, how their money was used, and the work she did on the trip. The deadline for these questions is Thursday, with Republicans threatening to investigate further if they do not receive a response.
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