Whitmer: New MSU leadership needed
Gov candidate tweets photo of trustee, writes ‘It’s time to go’
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer weighed in on the Larry Nassar scandal this week when she tweeted about the latest lawsuit against Michigan State University, implying that MSU Trustee George Perles should step down.
The suit, filed this week in federal court by California resident Erika Davis, alleged that Nassar videotaped himself in 1992 raping Davis, then a 17-year-old field hockey player. The suit also alleges that when her MSU coach complained about it, Perles, then the head football coach and former athletic director, intervened and covered it up.
On her Twitter feed, Whitmer posted a link to The Detroit News’ report on the lawsuit, which included a photo of Perles, 84, along with a comment.
“It is time to go,” she tweeted. Whitmer’s tweet comes as Perles, who was not named in the lawsuit, obtained outside legal representation days after his son, Pat Perles, denied the suit’s allegations about his father and as MSU student groups discussed calling for Perles, a longtime trustee, to resign.
Patrick Hickey, a Detroitbased lawyer, was retained by Perles on Friday. He declined to answer numerous questions, saying he had just begun representing the MSU trustee.
“Next week I will I will be more up to speed, after I spend more time with Mr. Perles,” said Hickey. “We’ll be in a better position to make a statement, if we make a statement.”
Whitmer’s schedule on Friday did not allow her to elaborate on her tweet, said her spokesman,