Husband of MI governor allegedly asked for boat to be launched before Memorial Day weekend

by Jordyn Pair · May 26th, 2020 9:38 am
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer / Facebook

Last Updated May 26th, 2020 at 10:28 am

The owner of a dock company in northern Michigan said that the husband of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer requested his boat placed in the water before Memorial Day weekend, despite Whitmer warning residents not to rush to the region.

NorthShore Dock LLC and its owner, Tad Dowker, alleged that Whitmer's husband Marc Mallory had asked for his boat to be lowered into the water by the holiday weekend.

"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 in a now-hidden Facebook post. "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?'"

The post emerged Thursday, just three days after Whitmer said she would lift coronavirus restriction in the Upper Peninsula and the northern part of the Lower Peninsula. She also warned residents not to rush the area, saying that even a small spike could "put the hospital system in dire straits pretty quickly."

A spokesperson for Whitmer did not confirm or deny the allegations, saying the administration could not address "every rumor that is spread online."

NorthShore Dock LLC made a second post after Dowker apparently removed his own. The company said the original post had gone "viral" and that employees could no longer keep up.

"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 also said that Mallory was respectful when he was informed that he could not schedule the installation early.


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