Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) was humiliated this week after the Republican Governors Association (RGA) found a unique way to make her pay for her strict COVID-19 lockdown policies that have led to thousands of restaurant jobs being lost in her state.
The RGA announced that the Get Michigan Working Again PAC is making a “four-figure digital buy” on social media and handing out coasters to Michigan bars linking patrons to FireTheDamnGovernor.com, which is a play on Whitmer’s 2018 campaign slogan to “Fix the Damn Roads.”
“Raise a Glass, Have Some Beers, & Hope She Won’t Be Gov Another 4 Years,” the message on the coaster read alongside an arrow pointing at the embattled incumbent. The other side of the coaster states that 38 percent of small businesses have closed in the last year and 392,100 jobs were lost.
“Gov. Whitmer Almost Killed THIS Business,” it reads.
The coaster includes a QR code that links to the website, where the RGA said that business owners can ask for coasters.
“As fellow restaurant owners, we stand with you in solidarity and salute your hard work to keep your establishment running during these difficult times,” Bobby Nahra of Encore Catering & Banquet Center and Thad Sokowronski of Bar Beverage Logistics said in a letter that was sent with the coasters.
“This is no small feat, especially considering all of the extreme policies and road blocks that Governor Whitmer has put in place to close us down,” they added. “In the last year, the number of small businesses that are open in Michigan decreased by 38%, and close to 400,000 jobs have been lost due to her poor handling of the COVID-19 [coronavirus] pandemic. Small businesses, like yours, are the backbone of Michigan’s economy and Whitmer’s policies have pushed them to the brink of destruction. Help us remove her from office and elect a new governor who has Michigan’s best interests at heart.”
“A fellow restaurant owner was even arrested and thrown in jail for refusing to close down her business and comply with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s massive abuse of power,” Nahra and Sokowronski continued. “It is abhorrent that Attorney General Nessel’s office would arrest this restaurant owner, but refuses to investigate the thousands of COVID-19 nursing home deaths in Michigan that may have been caused by the Governor’s policies. From the nursing home scandal and buying the silence of officials to stifling the economy, it is clear that Governor Whitmer cannot be trusted to lead our great state.
“We are asking you to join our campaign against Governor Whitmer. Governor Whitmer does not have Michigan’s citizens’ best interests at heart, much less business owners like us!” they concluded. “Michigan deserves better than Gretchen Whitmer!”
Michigan restaurants can still only be open at 50 percent capacity, an order that Whitmer extended until May 24, according to ABC 12. All restaurants in the state also must close by 11pm.