Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer hasn’t exactly been lounging around the pool since her reelection in November of 2022, her current term has been a whirlwind of activity aimed at benefiting the people of her state and should serve as a model for what happens when a state elects a Democratic Governor and a Democrat majority in their legislature.
Among her many accomplishments are:
“Signing over 1,000 bipartisan bills, collaborating with Democrats and Republicans in the legislature.
Moved dirt to fix the damn roads, repairing over 16,000 lane miles and more than 1,200 bridges, while supporting over 89,000 good-paying jobs.
Rolled back the retirement tax and quintupled the Working Families Tax Credit, putting $1 billion back into Michiganders’ pockets.
Repealed the extreme 1931 abortion ban and expanded the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.
Signed common sense gun violence prevention bills that keep Michigan communities safe.
Established Michigan as a top state for electric vehicle and battery investments, winning $16.6 billion in investment and more than 16,000 good-paying jobs.
Secured over 35,000 auto jobs since taking office, and oversaw unemployment rates under 4% two out of three times they have ever been that low in Michigan history.
Worked to ensure access to quality, affordable health care and lowered the costs of prescription drugs in Michigan.”
But there is still a lot of work to do and more campaigns to win, and to that end she and her messaging team in Lansing have partnered with a high profile influencer…
“The Michigan Governor’s office capitalized on the social media ubiquity of “Barbie” to near-viral success this week by depicting an 11.5-inch, fuchsia suit-wearing version of the state’s chief executive.
Social media posts of Gretchen Whitmer-Barbie produced by the governor’s staff have exploded on social media in the run-up to the much-ballyhooed movie’s release Friday.
The post have been so widely shared that The New York Times wrote a full-fledged style section feature on the outreach strategy…
… Politicos and public relations experts have fawned over the campaign, which was the brainchild of Whitmer’s digital director, Julia Pickett. Whitmer advisors told MLive the scene-setting in the pictures was deliberate. Barbie in a Chevrolet Corvette, a model historically made in Flint, is placed in front of cones meant to symbolize Whitmer’s emphasis on road infrastructure. The doll seated at a desk depicts Whitmer signing legislation, which is, of course, pink.”
Whitmer and her team are making good use of the Barbie meme on Twitter much to the delight of her followers:
I visit my family in Michigan every summer, and the roads have improved so much since you became Governor!
— Jane (@JaneVoter2018) July 20, 2023
Dear Gov Whitmer, is there anyway to deport republicans back to Florida and Texas? 🤣😂🤣 Maybe offer to pay their one-way ticket back? I like the old blue Michigan so much better. Keep up the good work!
— Patrick (@PhotoGuyandSE) July 22, 2023
Good idea but I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
Can you please come and govern Idaho 😇🇺🇸
— #Blacklivesmatter 🌊idaho riding with Biden🌊20/20 (@RexThomresist45) July 20, 2023
But as is the case with most high profile person on Twitter, Gov. Whitmer has her detractors also:
— 🌟 SunshineDaisy🌟 (@SunshineDaisie) July 21, 2023
You have been doing a great job cleaning up the mess that Republicans left you with, Governor.
Don’t let the naysayers bring you down.