Governor Whitmer is apologizing for breaking her own pandemic rules. Again.
More accurately, like Governor Newsom in California, she’s apologizing for getting caught. The last time it was her husband’s boat.
Last Monday, Whitmer announced that she was lifting some lockdown restrictions in areas before Memorial Day weekend.
But “if you don’t live in these regions … think long and hard before you take a trip into them,” she said.
“A small spike could put the hospital system in dire straits pretty quickly. That’s precisely why we’re asking everyone to continue doing their part. Don’t descend on [waterfront] Traverse City from all regions of the state.”
Three days later, a marina owner wrote on Facebook that the governor’s husband, Marc Mallory, had asked its workers to get their nearby boat in the water before Memorial Day, the Detroit News said Monday.
The vacation property that the governor and her husband own is about 25 minutes from Traverse City, the News said. The couple’s main residence is in Lansing.
“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,” NorthShore Dock LLC owner Tad Dowker wrote Thursday on Facebook, according to the News, which said the posting has since been made private.
“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, the paper said.
“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?’ ”
Now here we go again.
Whitmer was spotted at the Landshark Bar & Grill in East Lansing. A photograph of the group with Whitmer showing tables pushed tougher and no masks being worn was briefly posted on social media. Her chief operating officer, Tricia Foster, was also at the event.
“Throughout the pandemic, I’ve been committed to following public health protocols,” Whitmer said Sunday in a statement. “Yesterday, I went with friends to a local restaurant. As more people arrived, the tables were pushed together. Because we were all vaccinated, we didn’t stop to think about it.”
“In retrospect, I should have thought about it. I am human,” she added. “I made a mistake, and I apologize.”
Ted Goodman, spokesman for the Michigan Republican Party, said, “For Gov. Whitmer, it’s rules for thee but not for me,” according to the Detroit News.
Obviously. Either being vaccinated means that the rules don’t apply for everyone or they do. And this isn’t the first time Whitmer violated her own rules. She also did so at the Black Lives Matter hate rallies.
But really, which blue state governor with tough pandemic regs didn’t violate them?
Newsom’s case became infamous, but he’s hardly alone. Cuomo violated his own rules. so did Murphy in New Jersey, Governor J.B. Pritzker in Illinois took violating the rules to a whole new level.
Governor J.B. Pritzker’s wife and daughter enjoyed the lockdown far from Illinois on their equestrian estate near Palm Beach, and then headed to the 230-acre horse farm in Wisconsin that the Illinois boss had bought his wife as an anniversary present. After claiming that his family deserved privacy and was being endangered by reports of his hypocrisy, the billionaire contended that their travel was essential.
“We have a working farm. They’re there now. There are animals on that farm, that it’s an essential function to take care of animals at a farm, so that’s what they’re doing,” he argued.
He didn’t explain who was taking care of the horses once his wife and daughter went on to Wisconsin.
Not only was it essential for Pritzker’s family to vacation on one massive horse ranch and then another, but it was essential for Illinois workers to travel to Wisconsin to help build a huge home on the ranch. Local residents reported 20 to 30 trucks a day coming from Chicago to labor on this essential project.
“They’re operating an essential function. Construction is an essential function,” Pritzker whined.
Around the same time, Pritzker was using the slogan, “We’re all in this together” to promote his, “All in Illinois” initiative to tell everyone to stay home. “‘All in’ is our anthem and point of pride,” Pritzker had falsely claimed. “Illinoisans staying home for the good of each other and the good of our state.”
At the top, the rules were routinely violated by the “We’re All In This Together” gang who kept claiming to be following the science. Whitmer’s behavior is not notable. A blue state governor actually following their own pandemic regs would be truly notable.