Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has become a household name due to her strict lockdown rules during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. She urged people to stay away from northern Michigan if they do not reside in the area.

However, the owner of a docking company revealed that Whitmer’s husband Marc Mallory asked them to put out their family boat in the water before Memorial Day weekend…in northern Michigan.

Oh, Mallory also tried to use his wife’s position as governor to receive special treatment.

That woman in Michigan did not confirm the request, but she also did not deny it:

Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown refused to comment specifically on the matter, saying the administration wouldn’t address “every rumor that is spread online.”

She said in a statement: “Our practice is not to discuss the governor’s or her family’s personal calendar/schedules. And we’re not going to make it a practice of addressing every rumor that is spread online. There’s been a lot of wild misinformation spreading online attacking the governor and her family, and the threats of violence against her personally are downright dangerous.”

It’s not a rumor. NorthShore Dock LLC removed its post after it went viral and the media bogged down the company during a busy weekend.

Owner Tad Dowker wrote in the deleted post:

“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. “Being Memorial weekend and the fact that we started working three 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?'”

This is the second statement:

“After a long day of keeping crews running, adhering to the additional safety regulations that need to be in place to operate our small business and fielding calls from customers frustrated with our lagging installation schedule I was told the governor’s husband called asking for install availability,” the company posted. “Up until this point we, as a company, had no idea we installed their dock or boat.”

The statement said Mallory was respectful and understanding when the company couldn’t schedule the installation early.

Whitmer and her husband own a property in Elk Rapids, which is about 25 miles from Traverse City. They currently reside in Lansing, which is over 150 miles away.

In fact, Whitmer said on May 18 concerning northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula (emphasis mine):

“If you don’t live in these regions … think long and hard before you take a trip into them,” Whitmer said at the May 18 press conference.

“A small spike could put the hospital system in dire straits pretty quickly,” she added later. “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.”

WAIT. There’s more. Remember how I said Whitmer did not deny or confirm the request? Well, look what the governor’s office did to Republican State Sen. Tom Barrett:

State Sen. Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte, wrote his own Facebook post on Friday, criticizing Mallory’s apparent request for the boat installation. The post was shared 500 times, Barrett said.

But the lawmaker said he eventually deleted it after the governor’s office reached out to the staff of Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, asking for the post to be removed and contending the comments were false.

Barrett, who looked into the situation further, said he now believes the governor’s office had made him an “unwilling” accessory in an attempted cover-up of the situation. The senator also mentioned that Whitmer had told other Michigan residents not to “descend” on Traverse City.

“Yet, what did her family try and do?” Barrett said.

“In the Army, we have a tradition that the leaders get in line for chow last behind everyone else in the unit,” he continued. “Here is the leader of our state. … Her family is trying to cut people in line.”

So is it false or true? Why would this company make up this story knowing they’d be thrust into the limelight?

 

 
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