MICHIGAN – A health care adviser for the state’s health care system resigned Monday amid controversy over a tweet he made about a tweeter who was accused of attacking a reporter.
The resignation of state Health and Human Services Commissioner Eric Miller comes after the alleged attack on reporter Ben Johnson, who was at a press conference with Gov.
Scott Walker on Tuesday.
Johnson said he had been called a Nazi and called a faggot by Miller.
He said Miller was a “faggot” and said he would not be reporting on the governor’s event because he doesn’t like the governor and his administration.
Miller apologized for the comment.
He has not commented publicly on the matter.
Miller also was criticized for calling on the media to “stop trying to kill my people” during a news conference on Tuesday, and for tweeting “if they don’t like what we’re saying, they should stop talking about it and stop tweeting.”
In a tweet posted to his official account Monday, Miller wrote: “I know that a lot of you are probably upset that I made that tweet.
It’s part of the job.
But it’s time for you to stop trying to destroy our lives by trying to take away our freedoms.
This is not America, and we are not going to let that happen.”
Miller did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
In a statement, Miller’s office said he was resigning because he could no longer continue in his role as health care advisor.
Miller was in charge of coordinating the department’s response to the outbreak.
Miller said in a statement Monday that the health care crisis had taken a toll on the state and it was time for the department to take a more holistic approach.
“It is my hope that this new approach will enable us to be more responsive to those who are affected by this epidemic, but also able to work more efficiently and effectively with our partners across the state, including our partners in the Department of Health and Hospitals,” Miller said.
Miller’s resignation came just weeks after Walker appointed Miller to be his deputy secretary of state.