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Shepler’s Ferry weighs in on Mackinac Island controversy

Posted at 7:59 PM, Sep 23, 2019

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP/FOX 17) — Shepler’s Ferry Service posted on Twitter after a controversy brewed about Vice President Mike Pence’s weekend motorcade on Mackinac Island.

Shepler’s pointed out that they have transported vehicles to the island before, including satellite trucks for media coverage of events. The renowned ferry service took to Twitter, pointing out Pence did not break long-standing traditions by taking vehicles onto the island.

Pence took an eight-vehicle motorcade to the island’s Grand Hotel for a speech to the Republican Leadership Conference Saturday. He flew to Michigan, took a helicopter to the small island airport and transferred to vehicles brought by boat the night before.

Julia Pulver, a Democratic state Senate candidate in 2018, criticized the motorcade on Twitter, calling it a “huge transgression.”

When President Gerald Ford visited the island in 1975, he traveled by horse-drawn carriage. But supporters of Pence noted security is much tighter now.  Shepler’s posted pictures showing other vehicles being transported to the island for the Detroit Chamber of Commerce Policy Conference.