Lansing, Michigan (CNN)Democrats who will take over Michigan’s top elected posts next year are laying low as a contentious lame duck session unfolds in the state Capitol, drawing criticism among some party officials and activists who believe they should be leading the pressure campaign against Republicans.
Republicans in the state’s legislature have moved to curb the powers of incoming Democratic elected officials, while watering down some voter-approved measures. Their actions have sparked an outcry among Democrats locally and across the country.
But incoming Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General-elect Dana Nessel and incoming Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson have been conspicuously silent, puzzling some within their party.