LANSING, MI – According to reports, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer allegedly used a Detroit man’s private jet back in March to visit Florida – despite the governor having been vocal about telling locals to abstain from travelling.
The Governor lied about the trip, commandeered a private jet from businessmen with important projects in Michigan, and cast herself as the victim when she was criticized.
Whitmer Took Businessmen‘s Plane to Florida: ‘Can‘t Tell a Governor No‘ https://t.co/juzmbLyIb2
— Nan Hayworth, M.D. (@NanHayworth) May 6, 2021
According to a report coming from Deadline Detroit, the following was noted regarding Governor Whitmer’s Florida trip that was previously undisclosed:
“When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was outed last month for a secretive trip to Florida in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, her office claimed Michigan taxpayers did not foot the bill.”
“What they did not tell us, however, is that Whitmer asked a group of wealthy Detroit businessmen to provide a private plane they share.”
“Those businessmen have major dealings in and with the state of Michigan.”
Reportedly, these “businessmen” from Detroit had wound up reaching out to Detroit Deadline to profess the strange happening of Governor Whitmer contacting them regarding the booking of a personal flight:
“We wondered why she reached out to us instead of booking a private charter. You can’t tell a governor no. Who needs that kind of trouble?”
This private jet owned by these businessmen is reportedly managed by the company Air Eagle, which it is unclear whether Governor Whitmer had reimbursed the owners of the aircraft for the trip to Florida to visit her ailing father.
When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was outed last month for a secretive trip to Florida…her office claimed taxpayers did not foot the bill.
What they did not tell us, however, is that Whitmer asked wealthy Detroit businessmen to provide a plane they share. https://t.co/ytbqHBTGEE
— James David Dickson (@downi75) May 6, 2021
On May 6th, Governor Whitmer was asked about the use of this private jet, to which she afforded the following comments in response:
“I’ve said everything I’m going to say about my trip to check on my father. I’ve got nothing to add.”
The Michigan governor then went on to cite how she’s received threats against her life as being reason enough to not answer questions related to the aforementioned:
“We don’t discuss my travel. I have received an incredible number of death threats over the last year and a half.”
Detroit-based political consultant Adolph Mongo offered some extremely critical commentary regarding Governor Whitmer’s alleged used of a private jet to fly out to Florida:
“She said she was going to see her sick daddy, but that’s not a legitimate political expenditure. What it is, is a political favor. She asked. She got on their plane. Now she owes them one.”
What is most concerning about this purported use of a private jet is whether or not Governor Whitmer paid out of her pocket to do so or wrote it off as an expenditure. Reports say that the jet she used was a Gulfstream G-280 twin jet, which is a business jet that can typically hold up to 10 passengers.
To put matters into perspective, jets of said size can cost as much as $8,000 an hour to charter – and she flew from Michigan to Florida, and then back. Direct flights from Michigan to Florida take about 4 hours one-way, meaning the private charter could’ve cost as much as $64,000.
More questions and controversy surrounds Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s trip to Florida to visit her sick father in March. https://t.co/1MwI98w60a
— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) May 7, 2021
But another element that is serving as a point of contention is that roughly two weeks after returning from Florida, Governor Whitmer told folks in Michigan that they had best not visit Florida due to a variation of Covid purportedly spreading throughout the state.
Michigan Republican Party executive director Jason Roe is among those critical of Governor Whitmer not living up to her “Sunshine Plan” that boasted of being transparent during her campaign for governor:
“She ran a campaign based on transparency but has been the most opaque governor in Michigan history. I guess by ‘sunshine’ she meant the Sunshine State.”
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In other news coming from Michigan, a state representative has come under heavy scrutiny after video surfaced of him allegedly trying to use his status as an official when dealing with officers at the scene of his alleged DUI crash.
Here’s that previous report from April.
FOWLERVILLE, MI – A Michigan state representative was caught on video fighting with police and medics at the scene of his alleged drunk driving crash and threatening police with political retaliation, identifying himself as a police officer, and demanding they call the Governor.
A police report shared with FOX 2 revealed that the Michigan lawmaker and a female passenger had their pants down at the time emergency crews responded. Jewell Jones was later charged with weapon and obstruction counts. https://t.co/boNTyvV6Zm
— FOX 2 Detroit (@FOX2News) April 26, 2021
State Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) told Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers he had approval over their budget and threatened to call Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after driving his car into a ditch while drunk on Interstate 96 near Fowlerville.
Police had received several calls about reckless and dangerous driving by someone in a vehicle matching the description of Jones’ black 2017 Chevy Tahoe, with the vanity plate “ELECTED,” including a report that a similar vehicle was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-96, according to reports.
Jones allegedly assaulted first responders who attempted to assist him and his passenger at the scene. Police reports state that when first responders arrived at the crash, Jones and a female passenger had their pants down.
A paramedic on scene had observed the woman’s pants were down and Jones’ pants were partially down, according to the report.
The only thing that happened to Mr. Jones is that he was intoxicated, resisted the police, and thinks he can get out with Gretchen
Oakland County | Michigan Rep. Jewell Jones’ attorney says troopers used excessive force in drunk driving arrest https://t.co/JpDWS8If0z
— Katie Ann (@KatieAnn417) April 28, 2021
Jones, at one point, identified himself as a state representative and at another point flashed a badge and said he was an off-duty officer during the incident.
Officers attempted to obtain identification from Jones several times, but he refused saying, “I can’t do that.” Jones began to struggle with officers, and they forced him to the ground to restrain him.
In the video, police can be heard yelling, “Stop resisting,” at Jones as he struggled.
Rep. Jewell Jones, female passenger found with pants down before arrest, per report https://t.co/ovRI47wsSl
— mary marg swift (@2mimi) April 28, 2021
At one point, Jones tells officers:
“I’m telling y’all that’s not gonna (sic) be good for you. I run y’all’s budget.”
Jones continued to fight arresting officers, and police had to pepper spray and taser the representative to obtain control of him. As police continued to try and obtain Jones’ identification, he shouted:
“I’ll call Governor Whitmer right now bro! I’m a state rep. I’m going to give it to you. When I call Gretchen, I’m gonna need y’all’s IDs, badge numbers, and everything.”
Police eventually gained control of Jones, and he was walked to an awaiting police vehicle. At the vehicle, Jones asked the officers to call MSP director Col. Joe Gasper:
“Tell Joe who you got and call fucking Joe. I don’t care if he’s up or not. If he’s not up, wake him up, tell Joe who you have handcuffed.”
According to police reports, Jones tried to enter an ambulance that arrived to take his unidentified passenger to the hospital. Jones also allegedly pushed an emergency medical technician in the chest.
Michigan Democratic Rep. Jewell Jones made an appearance in court Tuesday, April 27, sitting alongside his attorney. https://t.co/Y4abWaD293
— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) April 28, 2021
The woman was eventually placed in an ambulance after it was determined she was unable to stand on her own, had vomited, and was essentially unresponsive.
While emergency personnel administered care to the female, Jones identified himself and the woman as people of importance, according to the report. The lawmaker also requested that EMS bring the woman home or assist with getting her inside of his vehicle so he could drive her home himself.
A loaded .40-caliber Glock handgun was found in the cup holder beside the driver’s seat, according to police.
Following his arrest, Jones refused to submit to a breath test so police obtained a warrant for a blood draw. The blood alcohol content result was 0.19%, more than double the legal limit of 0.08%.
Jones, 26, has been charged with resisting and obstructing a police officer, operating a motor vehicle with a high blood alcohol content, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, possession of a weapon while under the influence of alcohol, and reckless driving.
He was arraigned Friday in 53rd District Court in Howell. Resisting and obstructing police carries a penalty of up to two years in prison.
Jones was free on bond.
His attorney, Ali Hammoud, pointed out that Jones is presumed innocent. The attorney claimed that Jones is an auxiliary police officer in Inkster.
Hammoud said that the officers used excessive force during the arrest:
“I clearly think it’s an excessive use of force by the police.”
Hammoud denied that Jones was even in a crash. The representative’s black 2o17 Chevy Tahoe was not in view of the police video. The attorney claims there was never an accident and that the vehicle was never in a ditch.
Jones’ attorney also claimed there was no reason for police to suspect he was intoxicated:
“There was no indication of alcohol.”
Representative Jewell Jones DUI Arrest https://t.co/f5LwqkdHPC via @YouTube #WatchingtheWatchers #RepresentativeJewellones #JewellJones “When I call Gretchen I need ya’lls badge ID…” Yeah, I’m sure Gretchen is just hanging by the phone waiting for that call, dude. 🤣
— Dawn Hernandez (@Have2doxies) April 27, 2021
Despite the attorney’s claims, the first arriving trooper at the crash wrote in a report that Jones appeared highly intoxicated:
“There was a strong odor of intoxicants coming from him and his speech was slurred as he spoke. His eyes were red bloodshot and glassy and his fine motor skills were poor.”
Hammoud declined to comment further on the case until all the evidence was reviewed.
Jones is serving his third two-year term in the state House. He cannot run for state representative again because of term limits.
Texas Democratic House Leader Donna Lasinski told reporters she would let the legal system play out before making a decision on political action against Jones, such as removal from committees:
“These are serious charges. It’s important to let the investigation proceed and the legal process play out, so all the facts can come to light.”
Gov. Whitmer’s office has not made a comment regarding the incident.
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