Whitmer's husband reportedly asked to have his boat prepared as governor warned against traveling

Michigan's Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been criticized for her expansive lockdown orders

Last Updated:
May 26, 2020 - 11:15am

In a series of since deleted facebook posts, Ted Dowker, the owner of the NorthShore Dock LLB, claims that last week he received a request from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s husband to prepare his boat for Memorial Day weekend.

When told that they would be unable to get his boat in the water in time for the holiday weekend, Whitmer’s husband, Marc Mallory, reportedly said, “I am the husband to the governor, will this make a difference?”

Mallory was reportedly respectful and understanding when told that the boat could not be prepared by the weekend.

A Whitmer spokeswoman declined to confirm or deny Mallory’s call, saying the administration would not address “every rumor that is spread online.”

Last week, Whitmer announced plans to roll back some restrictions in lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula but cautioned Michiganders against making travel plans.

“If you don’t live in these regions … think long and hard before you take a trip into them,” she said.

“Don’t descend on Traverse City from all regions of the state,” she continued. The governor and her husband reside in Lansing but own a property in the Elk Rapids area, which is about 25 minutes outside of Traverse City, on the shores on Lake MIchigan.

Republican lawmakers in Michigan view the governor’s statement and actions as hypocritical. State Sen. Tom Barrett accused Whitmer’s family of trying to “cut people in line,” as they apparently planned a holiday weekend while telling others not to do the same.

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