Whitmer’s Husband Requests Exclusion from Michigan Democrat Gov's Lockdown
Family wishes to take boat on lake after governor tells public to stay away from area
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D-MI) husband requested to take his boat out on a lake after Michigan's Democrat governor had urged the public to stay away from the area, according to reports.
Whitmer is now facing a backlash over the reported request from her husband, Marc Mallory, to get the family's boat out on the water before Memorial Day weekend, on a lake far from their home in Lansing.
Mallory reportedly called up the dock and requested that his boat be let out on the water early, allegedly telling the owner, "I am the husband to the governor."
The demand was revealed in a post on Facebook by the docking company's owner Tad Dowker, but the account for NorthShore Dock LLC, and all of its posts, have seemingly been removed by the social media company since the exposé went viral.
Whitmer has notoriously imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in the country, sparking frequent protests from residents.
She also told people who don't live in Northern Michigan to stay away from vacation spots there during the holiday weekend - a rule that was apparently too much for even her own family.
The posts caught the attention of Republican state lawmakers, who said the governor's family may not have wanted to follow the guidance she's issued for the rest of the state.
"This morning, I was out working when the office called me, there was a gentleman on hold who wanted his boat in the water before the weekend," Dowker posted.
Dowker explained that due to the company being three weeks behind because of Whitmer’s mandate, along with the fact it was a holiday weekend, this wasn’t possible.
"Being Memorial weekend and the fact that we started working three weeks late means there is no chance this is going to happen."
"I am the husband to the governor, will this make a difference?” Mallory allegedly asked.
"As you can imagine, it does make a difference," Dowker revealed, "that would put you to the back of the line!!!
"Needless to say, our Governor and her husband will not be getting their boat for memorial day (sic)."
And the Facebook page went kaput.— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) May 26, 2020
The company employee should not have spilled the beans about his phone call w/Gov's husband. But they explained the situation and hopefully won't receive backlash from the incident. Everyone should be able to now enjoy the #PureMichigan water. pic.twitter.com/mAD4DopNSp
Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown refused to comment on the matter, saying the administration wouldn't address "every rumor that is spread online," The Detroit News reported.
Last Monday, Whitmer announced restrictions would be lifted in some regions of Northern Michigan, but urged those who didn't live in the region to stay away.
"If you don't live in these regions... think long and hard before you take a trip into them," she said.
"A small spike could put the hospital system in dire straits pretty quickly.
"That's precisely why we're asking everyone to continue doing their part.
"Don't descend on [waterfront] Traverse City from all regions of the state."
The vacation property Whitmer and her husband have owned is about 25 minutes from Traverse City, according to The Detroit News, but the family permanently resides in Lansing, over 150 miles away.
State Sen. Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte, said Whitmer had urged Michigan residents not to "descend" on the city.
"Yet, what did her family try and do?" Barrett said.
After rising to fame over her stringent coronavirus policy, Whitmer confirmed last week she had been in talks with the Biden campaign about a potential vice presidential candidate pick.
The governor attracted the attention of President Trump when she criticized the federal government's response to the pandemic.
"I love Michigan, one of the reasons we are doing such a GREAT job for them during this horrible Pandemic,” he tweeted after her comments.
"Yet your Governor, Gretchen 'Half' Whitmer is way in over her head, she doesn't have a clue.
"Likes blaming everyone for her own ineptitude!"