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Whitmer pulls Michigan coronavirus tracing contract awarded to Democratic consultant

The Democratic governor and potential 2020 vice presidential candidate called the contract an 'unnecessary distraction'

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Michigan's Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan's Governor Gretchen Whitmer
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Updated: April 23, 2020 - 8:03am

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has cancelled a coronavirus-tracing contract with companies run by a Democratic consultant who publicly wished President Trump would get "coronavirus ASAP."

The Democratic governor and potential 2020 vice presidential candidate announced Wednesday that she had canceled the contract because it had become an "unnecessary distraction" in the state’s coronavirus fight.

Whitmer has not said who within her administration approved the contract but said the state’s Department of Health and Human Services selected a vendor but didn't get approval from the state's Emergency Operations Center, according to the Detroit News.

The state pulled a tracing contract late Tuesday with the Democratic firms Great Lakes Community Engagement and EveryAction VAN after critics raised concerns about the data being used by Democratic operatives.

The consultant made the comments in a Facebook post, according to the newspaper.