Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer confirmed that her husband, Marc Mallory, told a Northern Michigan business owner, "I am the husband to the governor, will this make a difference?". The incident happened after Mallory was informed that the business owner would not be able to put the couple’s leisure boat into the water due to a three-week backlog of requests due to Whitmer’s lockdown. Whitmer's defense of her husband was that he, "made a failed attempt at humor".
"Using your wife's political office to score favors is not a laughing matter.", said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, "How many times has Governor Whitmer's husband told this 'joke' to gain special favors from businesses? The only joke here is that Governor Whitmer doesn’t seem to understand how serious it is for a family member to misuse your office, however as a member of Biden crew such behavior seems to be the norm.”