Albion resident Chad Baase, who filed the petition, says the governor’s decision to shut down certain businesses is illegal.
“When she took office she swore to uphold the constitution, and she’s not doing that with her executive order,” Baase said.
The Board of State Canvassers will meet remotely next week to discuss the petition. The board will decide if the language in the written petition are enough to put a recall on the ballot.
Whitmer’s stay at home order will end on April 30th unless the legislature approves extending it again.
Baase says he believes Whitmer is abusing her powers as governor. He says Whitmer needs to be replaced by someone more in tune with state lawmakers.
“We have to get somebody who can work with our legislature. We're not going to fix the damn roads without working with our legislature,” he said.
One big objection to how Whitmer has handled the COVID-19 pandemic, in Baase’s eyes, is that only certain golf courses are allowed to stay open. He believes it is about public and private golf clubs – or people with means and people without.
“[Whitmer] allows a socio-economically elite class to do what [she is] saying people who aren’t socio-economically elite can’t do. That’s unacceptable,” he said.
That criticism comes from further exploration of Executive Order 2020-21, which says non-essential business employees shouldn’t be working. Several golf courses across the state responded by shutting down.
Baase says he has filed four successful recall petitions before, including a petition against former Albion mayor Garrett Brown – who was voted out of office four months after the recall election would have taken place.
Baase puts blame on other people in each case, however, saying those initiatives ultimately failed because the people responsible for collecting signatures did not collect enough to get on the ballot.