By Assemblyman Kevin Kiley – November 8, 2021
I don’t know where Gavin Newsom is and won’t speculate. But it’s pretty strange for the Governor to disappear for 12 days without explanation.
Newsom hasn’t been seen since abruptly cancelling his UN Climate trip. Today, reporters couldn’t get an answer on his whereabouts from the Senators in the Scotland “delegation.” Yesterday, Newsom’s wife told those asking questions to “get a life” before quickly deleting the tweet.
This isn’t the first time Newsom has gone AWOL. Last August, he went missing for a week following a COVID “data glitch,” reappearing only after his Public Health Director resigned. This June, he fell off the radar when NPR revealed he’d lied about wildfire prevention efforts.
Governors work for the people, so an unexplained absence is always a matter of public concern. But that’s especially true for a governor who has claimed sole authority to control the lives of millions of people through his own “State of Emergency.”
That State of Emergency just passed 20 months. My Resolution to terminate it still has not received a vote nor has Newsom answered my letter asking him to justify it. So one-man rule continues, and nobody knows where that one man is.