Michigan Democrats are milking Pure Michigan-gate for every last drop.
In an attempt to tone down the brouhaha, Gov. Rick Snyder admitted Monday that the Michigan Economic Development Corp. erred by focusing on right-to-work in a business recruitment ad in the Wall Street Journal – an ad that also mentioned “Pure Michigan.”
But that didn’t stop state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, Senate minority leader, from demanding an investigation of how the MEDC decided to tarnish the Pure Michigan tourism brand by tying it to the divisive issue of right to work
"This administration's use of the beloved Pure Michigan brand to advance the political agenda of Governor Snyder is outright unacceptable and an insult to the people of Michigan," Whitmer said in a statement. "The MEDC itself acknowledges the need to protect the Pure Michigan brand from being misused yet somehow its inclusion in this blatantly political advertisement was approved. We deserve to know how that could be allowed to happen."
The ad was a misstep, the governor has said as much, and it appears it won’t happen again anytime soon.
It seems like the state should have better things to do than investigate a newspaper ad.