Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) was in sunny San Diego during the latest winter storm that knocked out power to more than 300,000 customers, or an estimated 650,000 Michiganders, a source tells The Midwesterner.
It’s not clear when she jetted out of the state, or where she stayed, but Whitmer’s exit came as an hundreds of thousands of her fellow Michigan residents remained in the dark and cold from the previous week’s storm. Whitmer made a public appearance back home Tuesday but did not account for her apparent absence from the state while many were still without power.
Whitmer’s trip came on the heels of a night out on the town in Detroit, where she reportedly attended a performance of the musical “Jagged Little Pill” at the Fisher Theatre.
“Met the Governor, I can now say I have the key to the city,” Instagram user yofavv.n404 posted February 24 from neighboring Dearborn. The post showed Whitmer — decked out in a turquoise leather jacket — posing with two women at the musical featuring 1990s tunes by Canadian rocker Alanis Morissette.
It would not be the first time Whitmer has attempted to sneak out of the state undetected.
In March 2021, Whitmer traveled to Florida on a private jet for “personal reasons,” after demanding Michiganders not travel to sunnier confines during the coronavirus pandemic.
Whitmer’s disclosure came after two top aides also traveled out-of-state to Florida and Alabama, defying their boss’s orders.
The Michigan governor wasn’t the only chief executive to leave her state amid a crisis. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) was away on “personal travel” when a snow storm walloped The Golden State, trapping many in their homes.