Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is facing criticism from lawmakers after her husband reportedly requested the familys boat be placed on the water ahead of Memorial Day celebrations.
Whitmer has imposed some of the strictest lockdown regulations in the United States, prompting widespread protests throughout Michigan. Congressman Paul Mitchell is suing Whitmer over the governors CCP virus-related emergency orders that he said violate the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches, and also peoples rights to association, intrastate travel, and commerce.
The governor first issued a statewide stay-at-home order on March 23 in an effort to combat the spread of the virus, but on Monday announced she was lifting some business and travel restrictions in Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula before Memorial Day weekend. However, she urged residents to “think long and hard” about taking a trip to certain regions if they did not live in them.
“If you dont live in one of the regions, think long and hard about taking a trip there,” she said during a CCP virus briefing in Lansing. “Please be smart. The whole state is watching to make sure we get this right.”
“A small spike could put the hospital system in dire straits pretty quickly. Thats precisely why were asking everyone to continue doing their part. Dont descend on [waterfront] Traverse City from all regions of the state,” Whitmer added.
But around three days later, in a post that is now longer visible to the public, NorthShore Dock LLC and its owner, Tad Dowker, wrote on Facebook that Whitmers husband, Marc Mallory, had requested that his boat be placed in the water before Memorial Day, Detroit News reported.
While Whitmer and her husband own a house about 25 minutes from Traverse City, their primary residence is three hours away, in Lansing, according to the publication.
“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 reportedly wrote on Facebook. “Being Memorial weekend and the fact that we started working three weeks late means there is no chance this is going to happen,” Dowker continued, according to the outlet.
“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 went on.
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