California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) almost never misses a chance at the public spotlight, which is why many believed his recent absence was bizarre, and out of character.
According to Fox News, the governor went ‘missing’ after suddenly canceling his trip to Glasgow for the COP26 climate change conference. While his cancellation was reportedly caused by unexplained “family obligations,” the governor finally reappeared at an oil heiress’s wedding in San Francisco over the weekend.
Local outlet KABC reported that Newsom attended the wedding Saturday of “long-time family friend and Getty oil heiress Ivy Love Getty,” and noted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) officiated the ceremony.
What’s going on?
Prior to Saturday’s wedding, Newsom was last seen on Oct. 29, just before canceling his trip to Scotland for the COP26 climate conference.
With reporters anxious to find out what was happening in the governor’s private life, his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, posted a bizarre tweet in which she slammed his critics, demanding that they “stop hating” on her husband.
“It’s funny how certain folks can’t handle truth,” his wife wrote. “When someone cancels something, maybe they’re just in the office working; maybe in their free time they’re at home with their family, at their kids’ sports matches, or dining out with their wife. Please stop hating and get a life.”
For unknown reasons, she later deleted the tweet.
State Senators John Laird and Bob Hertzberg, both Democrats, were asked by reporters about Newsom’s trip cancellation, and they quickly brushed off the questions, essentially telling the media to leave the matter alone.
“Look, they said it was a family issue,” Hertzberg said, according to a tweet from Cal Matters reporter Emily Hoeven.
Hertzberg added: “There is no one in California who wanted to be at this conference more than Gavin Newsom. But we’re all human beings, man. I don’t think it’s appropriate to dig further into it.”
The governor’s press secretary, Daniel Lopez, told reporters this week that the governor is set to resume his public appearances this week, noting also that the governor was working privately in the state capitol last week during his public absence.
“Last week, Governor Newsom worked in the Capitol with staff on urgent issues including COVID-19 vaccines for kids, boosters, ports, the forthcoming state budget and California’s continued economic recovery,” Lopez explained.