Gretchen Whitmer, commission asks for resignation after racial slur

Editor’s note: Details of the incident could be offensive to some readers.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking for a commissioner to resign following a racial slur he made at a recent meeting.
The incident sparked response from Whitmer, who recently declared racism as a public health crisis in Michigan.
“Gov. Whitmer believes that Road Commissioner Tom Eckerle must resign immediately,” said Tiffany Brown, spokesperson for Whitmer’s office. “His comments are atrocious. The governor has been very clear – there’s no place for hate and racism in Michigan.”
The other members of the Leelanau County Road Commission also asked for his resignation Friday, posting a letter on Facebook aimed at Eckerle, who reportedly said the racial slur mission meeting Tuesday. The resign letter says:
“We do not condone the racist comments that you made in the Leelanau County Road Commission meeting room on Aug. 4. We will not tolerate any kind of racism in our meeting room or in our organization. This behavior has had a serious effect on our excellent road commission, and we are asking that you resign immediately.”
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Ecklere was asked at the meeting why he wasn’t wearing a mask and he responded by saying, “Well this whole thing is because of them n—— down in Detroit,” according to an article posted to the Leelanau Enterprise’s website.
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