California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) made the sudden decision to skip the highly anticipated United Nations climate summit in Scotland last week over what has been described only as “family obligations.” But reports are speculating it may have been more than just a family event that prevented the governor’s international trip.
BizPacReview said Sunday that Newsom had been out of the public eye for some 10 days in a row after he publicly received a booster shot for COVID-19 on Oct. 27.
Instead of Newsom, Democrat Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis led California’s delegation to the U.N. climate summit, the AP reported.
“We should all be understanding”
Speaking with the AP, Kounalakis tried to tamp down on rumors that Newsom’s absence had anything to do with his booster shot.
According to BizPacReview, Newsom rolled up his sleeve for the jab on a live broadcast. The vaccine was administered to him by California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly.
Newsom was first vaccinated via the one-shot Johnson & Johnson jab last spring. According to BizPacReview, he received Moderna’s shot as a booster.
Despite the recent inoculation, Kounalakis says it was strictly family business that’s kept Newsom behind closed doors. “The governor has a young family and we should all be understanding, especially those of us who have been there,” she said.
A spokesperson for Newsom declined to comment when pressed by the AP.
“The kickoff of a decade”
The governor is reportedly the dad of four children between the ages of 5 and 12. According to BizPacReveiew, the only time he’s appeared publicly since getting his COVID-19 booster shot was in a Halloween-themed Instagram post that also featured his kids.
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Newsom was said to have attended the climate conference virtually. There, U.S. officials including President Joe Biden spoke about the need to take decisive and immediate action.
“Climate change is already ravaging the world. We’ve heard from many speakers. It’s not a hypothetical; it’s not a hypothetical threat. It’s destroying people’s lives and livelihoods and doing it every single day,” Biden said last week, according to a White House transcript. “Glasgow must be the kickoff of a decade — a decade of ambition and innovation to preserve our shared future.”