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Macomb County is under a state of emergency, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of disaster in Michigan, and President Donald Trump has approved Michigan’s disaster declaration.

All of these decisions were made on the advice of leading medical experts and in the best interests of our state and nation. But over the years, I’ve noticed some public officials attempt to use a crisis as an opportunity to promote themselves for political gain.

Never have I seen such a disappointing display of opportunistic behavior than I have with a state senator who wants to become Macomb’s next prosecutor.

Peter Lucido was recently on a Fox News show criticizing the actions proposed by Whitmer and other local leaders, and suggesting that we should be acting week by week during this crisis.

This is contrary to what every medical expert throughout the country has suggested. The No. 1 recommendation is to create social distance and extend the time frame in order to save as many lives as possible.

Unfortunately, our local non‐expert is proposing actions that can only confuse the public. Worse yet, he has introduced legislation that would allow any elected official to use government facilities for public gatherings anytime they want, including medical care facilities.

He took this action after attempting to have a public event in Macomb County’s 217‐bed long‐term care facilities, which I disallowed.

Like many of his others other bills, this one has been stalled, thanks to the concerns of his fellow legislators.

I can only hope that the public here in Macomb County and throughout the state stay focused on listening to the health experts as well as emergency managers who are guiding us as we attempt to reduce the health risk to our residents.

This is not a time for public officials to politicize an issue for their announced future aspirations.

Mark A. Hackel, Macomb County executive

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