That appears to be what motivated Marc Mallory, husband of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in the lead-up to Memorial Day weekend. After his wife eased some of the travel restrictions she had imposed on state residents, Mallory invoked his political connections in a failed effort to get his boat in the water ahead of everybody else.
“He jokingly asked if being married to me might move him up,” Whitmer conceded after the offended marina owner described the incident, which he found less than humorous, on social media. “He regrets it,” she added. “I wish it wouldn’t have happened.” She did not clarify whether it was the power play or the marina owner’s public complaint.
For Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, the it moment was a hearty meal at a Maryland restaurant while indoor dining in his own city remained forbidden by his order. “I know some are upset that I dined indoors at a restaurant in Maryland yesterday,” Kenney sniffed on Twitter in August. “I felt the risk was low because the county I visited has had fewer than 800 COVID-19 cases, compared to over 33,000 cases in Philadelphia. Regardless, I understand the frustration.”