Gilchrist rips Shirkey for ‘fanning the flames’
Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist called out Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey after a Wednesday encounter on the Senate floor today.
Shirkey was captured on a hot mic on the Senate floor today telling Gilchrist that he does not take back any of the remarks he has made recently.
In addition to mentioning how he had ‘spanked’ the Governor on the budget Shirkey referenced the January 6th riots thusly:
"That wasn't Trump people," he said in a video posted to YouTube by one of the Hillsdale County GOP members. "That's been a hoax from day one, that was all pre-arranged,"
On Tuesday the Top Dog in the Michigan Senate backed off these statements.
“I said some things in a videoed conversation that are not fitting for the role I am privileged to serve. I own that. I have many flaws. Being passionate coupled with an occasional lapse in restraint of tongue are at least two of them. I regret the words I chose, and I apologize for my insensitive comments.”
Then a day later came these words to Gilchrist.
“I frankly don’t take back any of the points I was trying to make. Some of the words I chose I do regret,” adding: “I don’t back down very easily.”
In a press release received today Gilchrist responded:
“The Senate Majority Leader has chosen to spend his time and energy fanning the flames of dangerous conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and the January 6 insurrection in Washington, alongside aggressive, sexist threats toward the governor. This behavior is beneath the office he was elected to and the standard of decency the people of our state deserve.
“While the Senate Majority Leader made a half-hearted attempt to address his inexcusable language and behavior last night, and an even weaker attempt during a prayer in today’s Senate session, his comments toward me on the Senate floor this morning tell a different story. It is clear that his so-called apology was not heartfelt, nor did it come from a place of humility and understanding. Rather, it was an empty gesture made for political expediency, and one that the people of Michigan can see right through. “
It seems the drama in Lansing, much like the perpetual partisanship, not only never ends…
It rarely even pauses.