The Detroit Free Press reports that a Friday event in Saginaw, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer praised Michigan Advance reporter Allison Donahue for her first-person story about sexist comments Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) made to her at the Capitol on Tuesday while she was seeking comment for a news story.
“This reporter was able to document conduct that happens all too frequently at the Capitol,” as well as in many workplaces, Whitmer said, according to reporting from Free Press reporter Paul Egan.
“I think she [Donahue] was incredibly brave,” Whitmer added.
The governor also talked about the responsibility of treating people respectfully and “calling it out” when others don’t.
In 2013 while serving as the Senate minority leader, Whitmer discussed for the first time that she had been raped in college. She has been an outspoken advocate for sexual assault survivors and keynoted last year’s “Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault” summit founded by former first lady Sue Snyder.
Lucido is the subject of a sexual harassment investigation by the state Senate Business Office. At a coffee hour Friday morning, Lucido said he’d been advised not to talk about his remarks to Donahue in light of that, although he has given varying accounts of their exchanges to several media outlets.