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Whitmer sends Shirkey a cake

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is displaying her sense of humor after a Republican legislative leader used the word “bat” and an expletive to call her “crazy.”

The Democrat sent Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey a cake for his birthday Thursday. It said “Happy 65th BAT day!” and had frosting shaped like a bat — the nocturnal creature, not the implement. She later tweeted at him, saying she hoped his birthday isn’t too “crazy.”

Shirkey tweeted thanks to Whitmer, whom he called “my friend.”

Shirkey has apologized to the governor for the comments he made last month to a group of college Republicans. His spokeswoman, Amber McCann, says “a good sense of humor” is helping to repair the relationship.