Looks like after some promises of legal action being taken by Republicans in the State of Michigan after Gov. Whitmer’s original executive order expired last Thursday, someone is finally stepping up to the plate. Yet it is not any of the Republicans in the State Legislature but from Michigans Federal delegation, Republican Paul Mitchell.
What is going on? According to the Detroit News…
U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Dryden, has filed a lawsuit contending that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency moves to combat COVID-19 violate his constitutional rights and the separation of powers in government.
In the most high-profile legal action against the Democratic governor’s restrictions yet, Mitchell, acting in his capacity as an individual, filed the suit Monday in U.S. District Court’s Western District. All of the Grand Rapids district’s judges have been appointed by Republican presidents.
“I think we need to clarify the extent of what an emergency is and the extent of those powers and re-enforce that people have constitutional rights,” said Mitchell, a businessman who was first elected to the U.S. House in 2016.
The Speaker of the Michigan House and Majority Leader of the Michigan Senate both promised legal action last Thursday after the Governor’s actions of “reissuing” her Executive orders after they had expired on the 30th. As of today, we are still hearing crickets from those leaders after they complained that she was violating laws and ignoring the legislature.
Representative Paul Mitchell is retiring from Congress this year so he is free from any current political consequence of challenging the Governor. However aside from that, he is absolutely right to do so and I’m glad that he is.
The law states that the Governor has to go to the State Legislature to extend her order after a month. She can not keep her super-duper special powers indefinitely. Why it is taking a federal official to file this suit is baffling to those of us that have been watching this and scratching our heads about some of the Governor’s actions.
Remember we can go golfing in the state but you cant use a golf cart. Of course, we are told that this is based on data and science but unlike the Federal briefings we are not given any of this information. According to the state legislative leaders they have been kept in the dark on seeing any of this info also.
Thankfully someone with an R after their name has the cojones to actually do something about this and not hide in the shadows praying that the Governor allows us to soon walk free once again.
I hope Paul Mitchell follows in in his predecessor’s shoes, Candace Miller, and is giving up his seat to run for one back home and make a positive difference.
I think Governor would be nice.