LANSING — The Michigan Democratic Party issued the following statement today on behalf of MDP COO Lavora Barnes in response to Lee Chatfield’s gimmick invitation to Donald Trump, who is hurting thousands of Michigan workers and Coast Guard employees by refusing to open the government:
 
“Lee Chatfield’s gimmick invitation is a slap in the face to the thousands of Michigan families and Coast Guard employees hurting from the Trump Shutdown. Instead of pandering to Trump, Chatfield should demand he stop his temper tantrum and end his shutdown so thousands of Michiganders can start getting paychecks again.”
 
The Detroit News reported last week that “Michigan is home to about 53,000 federal workers, including Postal Service workers as of June 2017, according to Governing Magazine. That includes an estimated 5,000 civilians and 1,000 Coast Guard employees going unpaid during the shutdown.”