“The governor lied” about the story that her husband attempted to cut in line to get his boat in the water in northern Michigan before other residents. “Not only did she lie, but she directed her staff to lie on her behalf in order to cover up her own lies,” Shirkey said.
Whitmer had attempted to pass off the incident as “a failed attempt at humor” on her husband’s part, claiming “I wasn’t laughing either when [the story] was relayed to me, because I knew how it would be perceived. He regrets it. I wish it wouldn’t have happened, and that’s really all we have to say about it.”
“It would be nice if this governor was as quick to identify failed leadership,” Shirkey hit back. “How can we trust the governor, how can the citizens of Michigan trust the governor? What else is she willing to lie about if she lied about putting a boat into the water?” A spokesperson for Whitmer later said Shirkey owed her an “apology.”