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February 3, 2021

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Time for Senate Republicans to Get Over Their Fragile Egos

McBroom comment on feeling “emasculated” by the governor sparks intense secondhand embarrassment

MICHIGAN – After the Senate voted to reject even more of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s political appointees for no legitimate reason, Sen. Ed McBroom doubled down on defending the decisions, complaining that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has “emasculated” the Senate by doing her job. The following response can be attributed to Lonnie Scott, Executive Director of Progress Michigan:

“We’ve been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic for nearly a year—and throughout this crisis, Gov. Whitmer has consistently worked to create policy that will keep Michiganders as safe as possible. Meanwhile, Michigan Republicans have ignored the advice of public health experts and refused to cooperate on common-sense, life-saving solutions like mask mandates and limits on public gatherings. They have undermined, smeared, and obstructed Gov. Whitmer at every turn while she worked to create real solutions, only  to turn around and say she’s the one not willing to come to the table. The fact that Sen. McBroom chose the word ‘emasculated’ is bizarre, and speaks volumes about Senate Republicans’ real complaint here: that Gretchen Whitmer, a woman who handily won her election in 2018 has the nerve to actually do her job instead of following their orders. It’s time for Michigan Republicans to get over their fragile egos, get to work on real solutions that will benefit the people, and stop publicly embarrassing themselves and our state.”