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Michigan AG Dana Nessel apologizes for drinking incident

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Posted at 3:45 PM, Nov 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-11 18:59:24-05

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is apologizing for her decisions ahead of a Michigan vs. Michigan State football game on Oct. 30.

In a post on Facebook, Nessel said she attended a tailgate party before the game on an empty stomach.

"Much to my surprise, MSU tailgates tend to have more alcohol than food, so I thought it seemed like a good idea to eat 2 Bloody Mary’s since as long as you put enough vegetables in them, it’s practically a salad," Nessel wrote.

Nessel said she started to feel ill, writing, ".. my friends recommended that I leave so as to prevent me from vomiting on any of my constituents (polling consistently shows “Roman showers” to be unpopular among most demographics)."

Michigan Rising Action, a conservative group, says it had been looking into a tip that Nessel had drank too much before the game.

"She's the state's top law enforcement officer and, as an elected official, she needs to be held to a higher standard than the rest of us," said Eric Ventimiglia, executive director of Michigan Rising Action.

Ventimiglia is certain that Nessel was tipped off to the requests they made to police officials on Monday for documentation or emails surrounding the incident.

Around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, two days after Michigan Rising Action filed the requests for information, is when Nessel took to social media to reveal details about the incident that took place 11 days earlier.

"I think it's typical politician behavior to get out in front of a story that you think is going to reflect you in a negative light," Ventimiglia said. "I think that her statement leaves a lot more questions than answers."

Top Michigan Republicans also criticized Nessel for the incident as well as the humorous tone of her apology.

"I have a glass of wine now and then, nobody has ever had to carry me or cart me out of anything at 53, let alone when I was 23," said Meshawn Maddock, co-chairman of the Michigan GOP, who added that Nessel's apology was written like a "ninth-grade school girl."

"I don't wish ill on anyone," Maddock said. "Alcohol abuse in Michigan is up 40% right now because of COVID. This is a serious issue."

Political consultant Mario Morrow believes Nessel's detailed apology was "brilliant."

"She got ahead of the problem. She was very honest, she was open," Morrow said. "And I thought for her to do what she did was admirable, especially when her staff was advising her to hire a crisis manager when she just handled herself. It was a good move."

This story was originally reported by Kimberly Craig on wxyz.com.