Gavin Newsom’s spouse, California Dems bristle at questions on governor’s absence

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The governor’s workplace initially mentioned Newsom wouldn’t make the journey resulting from “household obligations,” and when reached for remark Monday, provided no extra particulars on why the governor backed out. Within the time since, Newsom has held no press conferences or public appearances of any variety, which is unusual for the normally extremely seen governor.

In a press release offered to SFGATE Monday afternoon, Newsom press secretary Daniel Lopez mentioned that the governor labored on the Capitol final week and can resume regular appearances someday this week.


“Final week Governor Newsom labored within the Capitol with workers on pressing points together with COVID-19 vaccines for youths, boosters, ports, the forthcoming state funds and California’s continued financial restoration,” Lopez mentioned. “He may have public occasions this week associated to the financial system and vaccines.”

In response to the rising hypothesis (fueled largely by an absence of transparency on the a part of Newsom’s workplace), Newsom’s spouse Jennifer Siebel Newsom, tweeted over the weekend, “It’s humorous how sure people can’t deal with fact. When somebody cancels one thing, perhaps they’re simply within the workplace working; perhaps of their free time they’re at house with their household, at their children’ sports activities matches, or eating out with their spouse. Please cease hating and get a life.”

She fired that tweet off on Sunday evening, then deleted it not lengthy after. On Monday, two California state senators — John Laird and Bob Hertzberg — who’re in Scotland for the local weather convention, additionally bristled at questions relating to Newsom’s absence.

“Look, they mentioned it was a household situation,” Hertzberg mentioned, in line with Cal Issues’ Emily Hoeven. “There isn’t a one in California who wished to be at this convention greater than Gavin Newsom. However we’re all human beings, man. I do not suppose it is acceptable to dig additional into it.”

Laird added that the controversy is “overblown.”

As a result of Newsom obtained his COVID-19 booster shot in his final public look, some extra conspiratorial-minded people on social media have used the governor’s absence to forged doubt on the security of boosters. Twenty-one million Individuals have obtained booster photographs so far and there’s broad consensus amongst well being consultants that boosters are secure and efficient, with unintended effects much like the second dose of the mRNA vaccines.

“The cancelation was not a results of his booster shot,” Lopez wrote in an e mail.

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