Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom was caught doing exactly what his administration has told his own constituents not to do: attending a large multi-household gathering, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The event was held at The French Laundry in Yountville, Napa County on Nov. 6. There, Newsom attended a birthday party for lobbyist Jason Kinney, one of his political advisers.
What else did you expect?
According to the Chronicle, at least 12 people were in attendance — or, in other words, the event brought together “people from different households.”
This language is quoted directly from California’s coronavirus guidelines that limit “social situations that bring together people from different households at the same time in a single space or place” to no more than three households.
The Chronicle reported that there is no dispute that there were more than three households at Newsom’s gathering.
Called out for hypocrisy
Newsom was called out for his hypocrisy from people on both sides of the political aisle. California Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R), said in a statement, “As he ignores his own guidelines, Newsom still refuses to provide evidence they do any good.”
He continued, “The California Business Roundtable has repeatedly asked him for actual data ‘that would show how business openings have affected COVID rates and transmission,’ and Newsom’s own Health and Human Services Secretary admitted opening schools hasn’t spread the virus.”
The editorial board of the liberal Sacramento Bee was even harsher with its criticism.
“We certainly hope Gov. Gavin Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, enjoyed their dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant on Nov. 6,” the board wrote. “Because it will end up costing a lot more than $700 in terms of damage to Newsom’s credibility in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nothing will launder the stain of stupidity from his reputation after this ill-conceived outing.”
After being found out, Newsom issued a statement. “While our family followed the restaurant’s health protocols and took safety precautions, we should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner,” he said.
This, of course, is easy to say after the fact, but Newsom surely knew ahead of time that he would be violating his own coronavirus guidelines that he has imposed on the rest of the state. But, what does he care? He’s the governor, and he thinks he can get away with it.
It’s just another case of “rules for thee, but not for me” from our Democratic leaders.