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Gov. Whitmer’s Husband Tried Name-Dropping Wife To Get His Boat Launched, She Says He Was Joking

Lansing, MI – Embattled Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has claimed that her husband was only joking when he invoked the fact he was married to her when he asked their marina to put his boat in the water ahead of other customers waiting in line.

Whitmer, who has faced stern criticism and numerous protests over her strict pandemic lockdown orders, began lifting some business and travel restrictions for less-affected areas in the Upper Peninsula of the state and in northern Lower Michigan just before Memorial Day weekend, The Detroit News reported.

But the governor warned that residents from other parts of the state should not visit those areas.

“If you don’t live in these regions… think long and hard before you take a trip into them,” she said on May 18, according to The Detroit News.

The governor said residents who owned homes in those tourist areas should refrain from visiting them yet.

“A small spike could put the hospital system in dire straits pretty quickly,” Whitmer added. “That’s precisely why we’re asking everyone to continue doing their part. Don’t descend on Traverse City from all regions of the state.”

Whitmer and her husband, Marc Mallory, reside in the governor’s mansion in Lansing with their children, but they own a home and a boat outside of Traverse City, The Detroit News reported.

Three days after her re-opening announcement, Mallory called the marina who manages their boat and asked to have it put in the water ahead of the holiday weekend.

Tad Dowker, the owner of NorthShore Dock LLC, posted on Facebook afterwards about what had happened, according to The Detroit News.

“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 wrote in a since-deleted post. “Being memorial weekend and the fact that we started working 3 weeks late means there is no chance this is going to happen.”

“Well our office personnel had explained this to the man and he replied, ‘I am the husband to the governor, will this make a difference?'” the post continued.

“As you can imagine it does make a difference, that would put you to the back of the line!!!” Dowker wrote. “Needless to say, our Governor and her husband will not be getting their boat for memorial day.”

“Too good not to share,” he added, “I love it when karma comes around, even if just in small doses.”

Dowker later said in another statement posted to Facebook that he and the company had no idea the governor and her husband were customers of the marina prior to Mallory’s call, The Detroit News reported.

He also said Mallory was nice about it when he was told his special request could not be honored.

Dowker’s posts went viral quickly and Whitmer came under fire from angry residents and legislators.

Republican Michigan State Senator Tom Barrett pointed out that the governor had told other residents not to “descend” on the waterfront areas of the state, The Detroit News reported.

“Yet, what did her family try and do?” Barrett asked. “In the Army, we have a tradition that the leaders get in line for chow last behind everyone else in the unit. Here is the leader of our state… Her family is trying to cut people in line.”

Michigan House Majority Leader Triston Cole, a Republican, said Whitmer and her family had lost the perspective of being humble public servants, according to The Detroit News.

Whitmer’s spokespeople dodged questions about Mallory’s antics over the weekend, but the day after Memorial Day, the governor addressed it during her coronavirus update to the state, WJBK reported.

The governor admitted that her husband had made the special request, as reported by the owner of NorthShore Dock, but denied that it was a serious question.

“My husband made a failed attempt at humor last week when checking in with the small business that helps with our boat and dock up north,” Whitmer told reporters on May 26. “Knowing it wouldn’t make a difference, he jokingly asked if being married to me might move him up in the queue.”

“Obviously, with the motorized boating prohibition in our early days of COVID-19, he thought it might get a laugh. It didn’t,” she continued. “And to be honest, I wasn’t laughing either when it was relayed to me because I knew how it would be perceived. He regrets it. I wish it wouldn’t have happened. And that’s really all we have to say about it.”

The governor went on to talk about how her family has self-quarantined and how she effectively cancelled her own daughter’s prom and graduation but seemingly dismissed the boat matter as finished.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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