LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A top aide to embattled Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey is leaving to opt a job in Democratic speak Attorney Smartly-liked Dana Nessel’s office.
Amber McCann, Shirkey’s deputy chief of group and press secretary, will initiate as particular projects director in the department’s public information and training office on March 8, Nessel communications director Kelly Rossman-McKinney acknowledged Thursday.
The news — first reported by Crain’s Detroit Business — came about per week after the inaugurate of a video in which Shirkey falsely acknowledged supporters of President Donald Trump weren’t involved in the deadly U.S. Capitol stand up, calling it a “hoax.” He apologized however the following day acknowledged he used to be no longer taking relieve the points he used to be trying to originate however fairly “just among the words I selected.”
“Ms. McCann has a recognition as a tireless employee and consummate professional and Attorney Smartly-liked Nessel is involved for her to continue serving the parents of our speak,” Rossman-McKinney acknowledged.
McCann moreover served as spokeswoman for the 2 outdated GOP Senate majority leaders. She started working at the Senate 15 years in the past.
Shirkey, of Clarklake, issued an announcement calling McCann “a trusted consultant, a consummate professional and integral section of my senior group workforce for the past two years. … I in fact have the utmost respect and admiration for Amber.”
Democrats have called for Shirkey to resign over his feedback about the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. He moreover told Hillsdale County Republican leaders that GOP lawmakers had “spanked” Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer “exhausting” over her coronavirus restrictions.
Shirkey had already confronted criticism for having met with militia leaders last year, weeks after armed protesters had entered the Capitol. He unbiased no longer too long in the past acknowledged the governor regarded “palatable” without her masks on in her Articulate of the Articulate speech, saying her decision to wear one during press conferences “sends a in fact outlandish image.”
In 2019, he frail the words “bat” and “loopy,” plus an obscenity in his description of Whitmer and Democratic legislators.
Shirkey is no longer in point of fact to face fallout within his 20-member Republican caucus. No member has criticized him publicly, staying exact. At least one major company, Blue Substandard Blue Defend of Michigan, acknowledged it used to be “deeply disappointed” over Shirkey’s remarks. However it’s unclear if the corporate neighborhood’s suspension of political donations after the insurrection will lengthen to the legislative enviornment.
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