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News from Progress Michigan

January 28, 2020

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574,

Mike Shirkey Reminds Everyone He’s Still a Sexist Creep

Majority Leader’s latest comments about the governor are unacceptable

MICHIGAN – Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey is once again the subject of widespread public criticism after making another sexist remark, this time about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

“Once again, Mike Shirkey has taken it upon himself to remind the entire state that he’s a sexist creep,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “If he acted this way in just about any other business he’d be fired—but instead of holding him accountable, Michigan Republicans made him their leader. Of course, we know better than to expect any real accountability from a man who has repeatedly and unapologetically made bigoted and disrespectful comments like this, but we also know that Michigan voters deserve much better from their leaders.”