Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday that her husband made a failed attempt at humor when he asked a boat contractor whether his status as Michigan’s “First Gentleman” would help him get his boat in the water ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.
“He thought it might get a laugh,” Whitmer said of her husband, Marc Mallory, a dentist.
“It didn’t, and to be honest, I wasn’t laughing either when it was relayed to me because I knew how it would be perceived.”
She said the controversy was the result of “a failed attempt at humor.”
Whitmer said her husband regrets what he said and called on Michiganders to show kindness and empathy as the state deals with the COVID-19 pandemic that will be around for some time.