Heartwell addresses Natural Resources Commission appointee controversy

Heartwell addresses Natural Resources Commission appointee controversy

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Republicans blocked an appointee to the state’s Natural Resources Commission in what Democrats say was a protest of former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell’s appointment to the same commission. It was the first time in nearly a decade that an appointee by a governor has been rejected by the Senate. Whitmer described the decision as "sexist and partisan." “The governor has rejected Senate Republicans’ demand that she pull George Heartwell’s appointment to save Anna Mitterling, a woman who is uniquely qualified to serve on the Natural Resources Commission. These are the kinds of partisan games Pete Lucido and the Republican caucus are playing. Now, they’re threatening to reject a qualified woman who has dedicated her career to wildlife conservation because they didn’t get what they want. Sen. Shirkey had promised to turn over a new leaf, but it’s now clear that they care more about their sexist, partisan games than the well-being of our state. All of those who care about qualified women being appointed in state government should do the right thing and reject these partisan games.“ Heartwell was appointed as chair of the Natural Resources Commission on Feb. 7. The decision was met with backlash from Republicans and pro-gun groups over statements and actions Heartwell took as Grand Rapids’ mayor. Heartwell proposed banning guns from public meeting because he says people openly carrying firearms is intimidating. "Absolutely and I was very public about that, very adamant about that, I still am, I […]

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