Having gained national notoriety for her decisions to implement some of the nation's strictest coronavirus lockdown rules, including travel restrictions and prohibitions on buying garden seeds, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has admitted her husband attempted to "humorously" leverage his status as the state's "First Gentleman" to get privileges at a local marina.
Last week, the owner of a Michigan company called NorthShore Dock LLC posted on Facebook that Whitmer's husband, Marc Mallory, called to request that his boat be put in the water before Memorial Day weekend.
Given that Whitmer's own lockdown orders had placed the small business far behind schedule, Mallory was informed that would not be possible. At that point, Mallory responded by asking if him being the governor's husband would make a difference.
After initially refusing comment on the matter, Whitmer eventually addressed it at a Tuesday press conference.
"My husband made a failed attempt at humor last week when checking in with a small business that helps with our boat and dock up north," Whitmer said. "Knowing it wouldn't make a difference, he jokingly asked if being married to me might move him up in the queue."
The governor also admitted that despite her request that residents not travel to northern regions of the state, her husband had traveled north to their vacation home in order to rake leaves. She dismissed it as a controversy.
"We did not all pile in the car to go enjoy our second home, although that would have been permitted," Whitmer said.