Michigan governor Whitmer, when asked about being the only state not to allow barbershops and beauty salons to reopen: “ . . . Google how you do a haircut
What a great idea?
So I googled how be a governor.
Lie during the election campaign.
“When then-Republican nominee Bill Schuette said Whtimer wanted to increase the gas tax by 20 cents, she said that was “ridiculous” and “nonsense.” https://www.woodtv.com/news/michigan/gov-whitmer-gas-tax-hike-not-always-my-plan/
Of course, when you get into office, propose a gas tax increase of twice what you said you opposed during the campaign. Whitmer’s plan would increase the current 26-cents-per-gallon tax by 45 cents
So, technically, not lying, amIright?
After you win, keep lying.
"When the federal government told us that we needed to go it ourselves, we started procuring every item we could get our hands on," Whitmer said Friday on WWJ 950AM. "What I've gotten back is that vendors with whom we had contracts are now being told not to send stuff here to Michigan. It's really concerning." Whitmer didn't say who has told vendors to stop sending medical supplies to the state, but strongly implied the order came from President Donald Trump's administration. In a Friday afternoon appearance on CNN, Whitmer did not back away from her earlier claim. https://www.crainsdetroit.com/coronavirus/whitmer-feds-told-vendors-not-send-medical-supplies-michigan
Legislators wrote to Whitmer asking for names. She did not respond.
Run on transparency; govern in secret.
Michigan ranks among the bottom of states for open-government laws. Whitmer said she would expand the state Freedom of Information Act to include the governor’s office and the Legislature, impose a five-year “cooling-off” period for former legislators before they become lobbyists, repeal the 2012 emergency manager law and a separate law that loosens campaign spending rules, and require candidates and senior government appointees to complete conflict of interest and personalfinancial disclosures. (See what Whitmer disclosed to Bridge when it asked all candidates for governor to voluntarily share details of their personal finances earlier this year.)
Read Whitmer’s plan to increase transparency in state government here.
Then in office just suspend the Freedom of Information Act.
Promise to work with the other party, reach across the aisle, all those clichés: Gretchen Whitmer arrived in the governor’s office a year ago promising to be something her past two predecessors were not: a veteran legislator who could work with the other party to get things done. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/columnists/daniel-howes/2020/01/30/whitmers-plan-b-shows-legislative-cred-bust/2857780001/
Then release emails between your staff and theirs’ as part of your campaign for Vice President: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/gretchen-whitmer-michigan-legislature-emergency-declaration
Just govern by decree. Here are all 113 executive orders issued by Michigan Gov. Whitmer during COVID-19 pandemic
Details, expiration dates, links for every Michigan executive order
Claim to rely on experts without naming them or specifying the basis for your century plus of executive orders. E.g. why it was safe to get a haircut in Ohio and Indiana but not anywhere in Michigan.
Demonstrate that your rules do not apply to you or other members of the royal family.
"This morning, I was out working when the office called me, there was a gentleman on hold who wanted his boat in the water before the weekend," Dowker posted, according to the News. "Being Memorial weekend and the fact that we started working three weeks late means there is no chance this is going to happen.
"Well our office personnel had explained this to the man and he replied, 'I am the husband to the governor, will this make a difference?'" Dowker posted.
Hire staff to puff up your national image while you force millions in your state into unemployment. Since March 17, the governor has done about 30 high-profile TV appearances on channels such as CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, PBS and Comedy Central. Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper, Chris Wallace and Trevor Noah are among the celebrity media figures who’ve interviewed her. NPR had her on a national program, and she’s appeared on podcasts with Joe Biden and with David Axelrod, former adviser and strategist for President Barack Obama.
Brown said Meagher started working with the state on March 18, shortly before Whitmer declared a hiring freeze, and that he will be working with the governor for “at least another few weeks.”
It’s unclear how much Meagher is making, since the governor’s office is exempt from FOIA, and the Health Department is warning that FOIA requests may be delayed until June, thanks to Whitmer’s order temporarily loosening information request deadlines.
Blame the vast right wing conspiracy for an blowback
"This group is funded in large part by the DeVos family. And I think it's really inappropriate for a sitting member of the United States president's Cabinet to be waging political attacks on any governor, but obviously, on me here at home," Whitmer said Monday. "I think that they should disavow and encourage people to stay home and be safe."
Don’t worry about just making this stuff up; it has been working for you so far, right?
So, it appears that the primary ingredient for “how to be a governor” is a complete lack of integrity and all out dedication to advancing your own personal interests ahead of any and all other considerations.