Gov. Gretchen 'Karen' Whitmer in Hot Water Over Husband's Vacation Hypocrisy

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In this Thursday, May 21, 2020 photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speeks during a news conference in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer is relaxing coronavirus restrictions to lift a ban on nonessential medical and dental procedures, reopen retail shops and let residents gather in groups of 10 or less. The small social gatherings can start immediately. Retails stores and auto dealerships can reopen by appointment only starting Tuesday. Medical, dental and veterinary offices can resume nonessential procedures beginning May 29. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)


Michigan’s Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has epitomized the political, draconian response to coronavirus imposed by some states. Just recently, she extended the stay at home for Michigan until June 12th, forcing businesses to remain closed and people to not travel. This wasn’t in response to any scientific data, but appeared to just be retaliatory against recent protests of her actions.

But now, she’s in a bit of hot water after it was revealed that not only was her husband looking to get their boat in the water for Memorial Day, but that he asked for special treatment in the process.

The owner of a Northern Michigan dock company says Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s husband wanted his boat placed in the water before the Memorial Day weekend as Whitmer urged residents not to rush to the region.

No longer visible to the public, Facebook posts from NorthShore Dock LLC and its owner, Tad Dowker, focused on what Dowker said was a request last week by Whitmer’s husband, Marc Mallory. The posts have drawn the attention of Republican state lawmakers, who said the Democratic governor’s family may not be following her guidance for the rest of the state.

The city in question is Elk Rapids, which is part of the larger vacation home hot spot in Northern Michigan. Whitmer had literally just told people two days before the call was made not to go to the region from other parts of the state, once again citing fears of the virus. She and her husband do not live there, but in Lansing. Boil this all down, and Whitmer’s husband was pressuring a dock company for special treatment in an area of the state his wife was telling others to stay away from. Vacations for me but not for thee I suppose.


On May 18, Whitmer announced plans to lift restrictions on northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

“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.

Here’s some of the conversation in question.

“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?'”

For their part, Whitmer’s office offered a non-denial-denial, brushing it aside as a “rumor” but not saying it was false.

In a statement, Whitmer spokeswoman Brown didn’t specifically confirm or deny the company’s assertion.

“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,” Brown said.

Yeah, you can pretty much bet this is true given that response.

On the one hand, it’s not that big of a deal that the Governor’s husband wanted to go boating on Memorial Day. Lots of people are going stir crazy and want to get out. On the other hand, it is a very big deal that Whitmer has destroyed countless lives with her policies and continues to disallow people from doing completely safe things, all while her husband tried to go boating on Memorial Day. If her own husband is flaunting her requests, what’s that say about their validity?


The fact that Whitmer is even being considered by Joe Biden as VP is laughable. This is a woman who needs to be soundly defeated in 2022, not elevated to national office.



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