MI governor in hot water over boat launch claim

Henrietta Brewer
June 1, 2020

Gretchen Whitmer - whose stay-at-home orders are some of the strictest in the nation - is being criticized after her husband tried to skip ahead of other boaters to get his family's vessel in the water before Memorial Day.

"Being Memorial weekend and the fact that we started working three weeks late means there is no chance this is going to happen", Dowker wrote. To good not to share, I love it when karma comes around, even if just in small doses, ' he added.

After initially denying to address the reports, Whitmer said her husband thought he was being amusing during a conference this week.

"Knowing it wouldn't make a difference, he jokingly asked if being married to me might move him up in the queue", she said. While the Democratic governor has lifted coronavirus-related restrictions on residents taking road trips, especially traveling to second homes in the woods and waters of northern MI, she doesn't encourage it, saying the virus is highly contagious and could overwhelm small-town hospitals. "It didn't", Whitmer said, "and to be honest I wasn't laughing either when it was relayed to me because I knew how it would be perceived". "But the worst thing we can do is open up in a way that causes a second wave of infections and death, puts health care workers at risk, and wipes out all the progress we've made", she said in a statement.

In a Facebook post MI state Senator Tom Barrett said accused Whitmer's husband of abusing her position.

Dowker has since deleted his Facebook post and the company, NorthShore Dock LLC, has deactivated its Facebook page.

"As we slowly and safely begin reopening our economy it's critical homeowners don't have to fear losing their home during a global pandemic", said Governor Whitmer.

"If you don't live in these regions. please, think long and hard before you take a trip into them", Whitmer said in announcing openings for the northern part of the state on May 18.

During Tuesday's press conference she denied reports that she and her family stayed at their vacation home, while noting that if they did it would not be illegal as she eased in-state travel for state residents.

Whitmer's office replied, saying they believe their actions are supported by sound information. "How many times has Gov. Whitmer's husband told this "joke" to gain special favors from businesses?"

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