Over 30 years ago, my husband started serving families and industries in the tuxedo business. Little did we know three decades later, it would come to a horrific end — all thanks to a Governor’s lack of foresight and her political power plays.
The tuxedo business is an industry that runs in the background of citizens’ lives. Oftentimes, you don’t know you need them until “that special moment” comes. And when the big day approaches, you need good service and fast. In spite of the ups and downs of the economy, the funny thing is, tuxedos and formal dress attire will always be desired at least for a wedding day!
My husband, Dan managed over a thousand employees in tuxedo distribution for a national formalwear company. He and his colleagues served people, providing hundreds of jobs, in half of the United States and in Canada. He and his hard-working colleagues were proud of their service and were humbled to have the honor of serving families in their moments of celebration. But due to the Governor’s draconian lockdown, there were no longer any weddings or proms. So there was no longer any need for my husband’s business.
When COVID hit in March, we understood momentary adjustments had to be made due to an unknown virus, but months later, there is no explanation for the government shutdowns of industries. Shutdowns come and go almost at random, first for some number of days, then extended another couple of weeks… There’s no way for anyone to plan an event, let alone event rentals.
When COVID hit in March, we understood momentary adjustments had to be made due to an unknown virus, but months later, there is no explanation for the government shutdowns of industries.
– Ruth Callahan
After 30 years of hard work, his career ended, as well as our income and insurance. We can handle short moments of bad leadership decisions, but the decisions of Governor Whitmer, the lack of long term planning, the lack of adaptability, flexibility, and her inability to work with industries instead of against them is ultimately what put the nail in our (and the formalwear industry) coffin. We are still trying to get our feet underneath us, as are many others.
If our economy ever wants to make a bounceback, we simply cannot let Governor Whitmer have four more years.