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California Governor Gavin Newsom under fire for birthday dinner at French Laundry

Gov. Gavin Newsom apologized Monday for visiting a Napa Valley restaurant with people from other households, saying his behavior contradicted the spirit of the safety guidelines and precautions he has asked Californians to adhere to during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I want to apologize to you because I need to preach and practice, not just preach and not practice, and I've done my best to do that," Newsom said. "We're all human. We all fall short sometimes."

Newsom acknowledged that the faux pas may result in a loss of his moral authority on the coronavirus as California experiences a major surge in cases. The governor discussed his own behavior on the same day that he announced a reversal of his reopening plans and ordered 28 counties to return to the purple tier — 94% of Californians will be under the state's most restrictive guidelines as of Tuesday.

The governor has been criticized in recent days following news of his attendance at the dinner party and that his children are back in school while millions of California schoolchildren and their families juggle distance learning with full-time jobs.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, the governor's most prominent GOP critic who has been urged by some in his party to challenge Newsom in 2022, condemed the governor in a Tweet last week, suggesting that he has been living a different life during the pandemic than his constituents.

"His kids can learn in person. But yours can't," Faulconer wrote. "He can celebrate birthday parties. But you can't. He can dine on a $350 meal at one of California's fanciest restaurants during the worst recession in generations. But you definitely can't. Can you believe this? I can't."

Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, attended a birthday party for his political advisor Jason Kinney, a registered lobbyist, at the Michelin-starred French Laundry restaurant in Yountville on Nov. 6, first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. The governor visited the restaurant with more than three other households at the same time that he and his administration were warning Californians not to gather with their own families during Thanksgiving.

California’s COVID-19 safety guidelines limit the number of households at a private gathering, but do not explicitly impose those same rules on restaurant patrons. State guidelines updated in November allow private gatherings of no more than three households at a park or outdoor space. Rules for dining say restaurants should “limit the number of patrons at a single table to a household unit or patrons who have asked to be seated together,” without stating any limits on the number of households that can sit at a table.

Newsom said Monday that he's visited restaurants three times since February, twice with his wife and once alone.

"As soon as I sat down at the larger table I realized it was a little larger group than I had anticipated and I made a bad mistake," Newsom said of the dinner at the French Laundry. "Instead of sitting down, I should have stood up and walked back, got in my car and drove back to my house."

Last month, the governor said his children were transitioning back to classroom learning at their Sacramento-area private school.

"So they're phasing back into school and we are phasing out of our very challenging distance learning that we've been doing, so many parents are doing, up and down the state," Newsom said on Oct. 30. "We absolutely believe that the social emotional learning that occurs in the classroom is the best place for our kids — certainly the best place for their parents as well — and so it is absolutely incumbent to do everything in our power to provide support to our districts, so they can safely reopen."

Statewide, millions of students are continuing their studies through distance learning. Most students in Los Angeles County, which has been stuck in the most restrictive purple tier since the state updated its reopening guidelines in September, are still learning from home.

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by Anonymousreply 13211/21/2020

The new wave of criticism isn't the first time Newsom has faced questions about his lifestyle. During the 2018 governor's race, Newsom's opponents cast him as a wealthy businessman out of touch with everyday Californians.

Newsom has often talked of his beginnings as a small businessman whose success began with a small San Francisco wine shop and grew into a multimillion-dollar hospitality enterprise. He also spoke of how he and his sister were raised mainly by their mother, Tessa, a bookkeeper and secretary who sometimes worked more than one job to make ends meet.

But Newsom also benefited from his long-standing business and personal ties to the family of the late oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. His late father, William A. Newsom III, was once the administrator of the Getty trusts.

The governor and his family live in a $3.7-million, six-bedroom home in Fair Oaks, near the banks of the American River.

by Anonymousreply 111/16/2020

Yeah, he stepped in it with this.

by Anonymousreply 211/16/2020

I'm a huge Gavin fan/supporter/apologist. Always have been.

But I think that this was a major fuck up.

Especially in light of the fact that California is on the verge of another lockdown + thousands of new Covid cases.

Such bad judgment.

by Anonymousreply 311/16/2020

OMG you mean the rich and powerful lead different lives by different rules than we, the hoi polloi?

by Anonymousreply 411/16/2020

Why do older politicians brush their hair back so severely?

by Anonymousreply 511/16/2020

[quote] San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, the governor's most prominent GOP critic who has been urged by some in his party to challenge Newsom in 2022,

Oh, please -- like he has a shot in hell.

by Anonymousreply 611/16/2020

Meh, some asshole Republican who wants to run against Newsom is trying to make something out of it. The dinner group grew, as groups do. Not great, not a major fuck up, just the usual somebody looking to make trouble and blow a small thing up into a big thing.

French Laundry is a lovely restaurant. I'm sure it was delicious. I wouldn't have gone home until after dinner either.

Eating out three times since February doesn't seem excessive to me.

by Anonymousreply 711/16/2020

Hypocrisy at its finest.

by Anonymousreply 811/16/2020

Very bad judgment. The elitist attitude that plays into the Republican playbook. To the average guy making 20/hour and trying to follow mask rules, it is like having the finger given to him.

by Anonymousreply 911/16/2020

You can not take GOP criticism seriously. It's not worth acknowledging their criticism.

by Anonymousreply 1011/16/2020

[quote] Meh, some asshole Republican who wants to run against Newsom is trying to make something out of it.

I kinda hope the asshole Republican does run. It's fun to watch Republicans lose and waste their time, effort, and money!

by Anonymousreply 1111/16/2020

Any man who chooses to marry Kimberly Guilfoyle fails the good judgment test.

by Anonymousreply 1211/16/2020

Conjunctivitis is one symptom of covid. VPOTUS showed up to the debates with pink eyes and buzzing flies denying he was infected while POTUS admitted testing positive for the infection.

by Anonymousreply 1311/16/2020

She's the first thing that came to mind when I read this, R12.

I'm still boggled by that decision.

by Anonymousreply 1411/16/2020

French Laundry is one of the few restaurants I'd bother risking right now..

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by Anonymousreply 1511/16/2020

I just saw this last night on my local news channel. This is freaking ridiculous! Why are they not wearing masks?

by Anonymousreply 1611/19/2020

I like him but this was beyond stupid. WTF was he thinking?

by Anonymousreply 1711/19/2020

I see the GQP has moved past Nancy Pelosi's hair appointment.

by Anonymousreply 1811/19/2020

Bad optics on so many fronts, let them eat cake attitude on top of hypocrisy. If it was at a casual, ethnic food joint or limited to family members it’d be one thing. But it was at an expensive French restaurant, with lobbyists, AND done in such a way that he didn’t expect to be found out. Only came clean when caught. People can forgive politicians cheating on spouse but they reserve more scorn for those who comes off as hypocrites in public policy. One rule for me and another one for thee.

by Anonymousreply 1911/19/2020

Dear Republicans,

We don't care that Gavin went to dinner at French Laundry. We'd do the same thing.

Love and kisses,

by Anonymousreply 2011/19/2020

Other than being handsome, I don’t get the appeal of this guy. He’s an idiot and is turning California into a shithole.

by Anonymousreply 2111/19/2020

This kind of blatant, elitist hypocrisy, as well as the mainstream media’s disparate treatment of those on the left & right going maskless in public is just further reason the crazies on the right hate - and seemingly live only to own - libs.

by Anonymousreply 2211/19/2020

Typical limousine liberal. Rules for thee but not for me, do as I say not as I do.

by Anonymousreply 2311/19/2020

Fuck you R20 this is partly why Dems lost seats. But yeah, go on with giving the finger to working class that it’s okay to say one thing publicly yet do the opposite privately as an elected official who has power to shut things down. When Gavin was our mayor he wasn’t this smarmy but I guess power got to him.

by Anonymousreply 2411/19/2020

What a hypocrite! And he thought he wouldn’t get caught......

by Anonymousreply 2511/19/2020

We have so many right wing shit-stains stinking up this thread, all bitterly jealous of Gavin going out to dinner.

by Anonymousreply 2611/19/2020

R25: Only sorry that he got caught.

by Anonymousreply 2711/19/2020

Dumb move, at least it was outdoors but at least try to social distance some. French Laundry should be fined/closed for not following COVID protocols.

by Anonymousreply 2811/19/2020

Newsom is a beautiful man, and I like his politics, but he's pretty hypocritical and self-serving. I would not want him as my governor.

by Anonymousreply 2911/19/2020

Well he's my governor and he's doing a very good job.

He went out to dinner, they ate outside, they had a few too many people but it wasn't a crowd.

If you're not a Republican looking for any excuse to whine about a successfully anti-Trump Democratic Governor, you wouldn't be all bent out of shape about this, poseurs.

by Anonymousreply 3011/19/2020

Hilarious that people here on making excuses for him and underplaying his hypocrisy. If this was a Trumptard politician or Trump himself you’d be justly unhappy with it. Gavin himself has said that what he did was wrong.

by Anonymousreply 3111/19/2020

There's a huge difference between "Gee, there were a few too many folks at that outdoor dinner, it was wrong of me to stay and eat."

and

Holding super-spreader events packed with hundreds of unmasked people again and again and again, all over the country and saying "There's nothing wrong, Covid is a democratic hoax, don't wear masks because - freedumb."

See the difference, trump tards?

by Anonymousreply 3211/19/2020

Gavin Newsom is a fucking greasy idiot.

by Anonymousreply 3311/19/2020

R32 there’s a difference between Trump/ Trumptards attending super-spreader events because they’re blind to science, and a supposedly intelligent Dem governor who’s been telling people to adhere to strict guidelines while he’s breaking said guidelines with lobbyists.

See the difference?

by Anonymousreply 3411/19/2020

Yeah, the dinner is no big deal while the super-spreader event have killed thousands.

by Anonymousreply 3511/19/2020

JFC, just resign.

by Anonymousreply 3611/19/2020

And you have low standards or are okay with hypocrisy, R35

by Anonymousreply 3711/19/2020

I like him a lot and he’s handsome but this was totally wrong and selfish. Just more “Do as I say not as I do” behavior from the 1%.

by Anonymousreply 3811/19/2020

It's said there are photos showing that some of the event was indoors. Gav is an endlessly pompous, arrogant asshole.

by Anonymousreply 3911/19/2020

We have several comments that are variations on R38.

Obviously their talking point against Newsom for the day. They know he's a strong Democratic governor of a huge state and has a future in Democratic politics.

Poor jealous things, what else can they do, defend Donald's super-spreader events as those same super-spreader events dig in deep and wipe out the Midwest?

by Anonymousreply 4011/19/2020

[quote] Dear Republicans,

[quote] We don't care that Gavin went to dinner at French Laundry. We'd do the same thing.

The hypocrisy of Deplorables is so obnoxious. Their 'billionaire' leaders can shit all over them, catch COVID-19 and purposefully spread it.

Meanwhile, Pelosi can't get her hair done and Newsom can't have dinner within a known co-hort, even though all have been tested repeatedly,

by Anonymousreply 4111/19/2020

R40 No, you're wrong and R38 is correct. Newsom is an idiot for going there and lying about it and should be called out for it..

by Anonymousreply 4211/19/2020

Thankfully Gavin Newsom is hot as fuck. He is surely 9 inches.

by Anonymousreply 4311/19/2020

God. I loved Newsom. But he has completely destroyed his image of the Irish Catholic democrat politician, who might be rich but never showed it off. Who was relatable and humble and trustworthy, despite his hard earned wealth. He's just a wolf in sheep's clothing.

From the d-list actress wife, the greasy hair, the hypocrisy and trashy scandalous past- he's always poised to win, and snatches defeat from the hands of victory.

by Anonymousreply 4411/19/2020

I bet his cock has his own zip code.

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by Anonymousreply 4511/19/2020

I think this is much ado about nothing for a few extra people - it's not like he was at a place with 50 or 100 people.

But let's not pretend Newsom is a liberal. He's always been a centrist and he's a Democrat right now because that's where his constituency is.

by Anonymousreply 4611/19/2020

Former Newsom deputy chief of staff Yashar Ali:

The hypocrisy of politicians around Covid restrictions should be called out in the strongest possible terms. It's unacceptable.

by Anonymousreply 4711/19/2020

There were too many people at dinner. There were twelve people when there should have been ten.

He was called out for it. He acknowledged that he knew better and shouldn't have stayed and apologized for it. Bad Gavin.

What more is there to say? Unless you're a right-wing loony out to attack Newsom, it's over.

by Anonymousreply 4811/19/2020

This thread is full of Repub trolls. Republican trolls trying to prop up the future Republican idiot who will run against Gavin in 2022

by Anonymousreply 4911/19/2020

This is hypocritical and it's disappointing, but I'm glad he's governor right now and not some COVID denying Republican. By and large, he's done right by the state despite the lack of tangible support at the Federal level. California is the most populous state, yet we're not anywhere near number 1 by COVID per capita metrics. Kudos to him and the mostly Democratic mayors.

by Anonymousreply 5011/19/2020

He doesn't believe in coronavirus.

by Anonymousreply 5111/19/2020

At least he has great taste in restaurants... Better than Trump with his Big Mac XXL combos.

by Anonymousreply 5211/19/2020

[quote] He is surely 9 inches.

You are basing this claim on what??

by Anonymousreply 5311/19/2020

I work in public health. Whatever your politics this was so unhelpful. Everybody’s looking for a rationale to cheat the rules. That’s how this damn thing keeps spreading. It’s not just MAGA rallies it is any time people spend too much time together in the wrong environment too close. Yeah, you can get it outside. Is it hard to get, yes. But not impossible.

He shouldn’t have done it. And what’s worse he knew it before he sat down to dinner.

Don’t make excuses for anybody. Just stop.

by Anonymousreply 5411/19/2020

R54 If the governor thinks his own pandemic regulations are bullshit, you all need to reasses your guidelines. You're losing people.

by Anonymousreply 5511/19/2020

r50, over the past two weeks California is #46 in new infections per 100K people. Only four states (Maine, Vermont, Hawaii, and Virginia) have lower infection rates.

by Anonymousreply 5611/19/2020

It's done. Is that going to tank everything else good that he has done for the state in general?! As r56 has highlighted, California is in no way the problem child in this country in terms of the spread of this virus. We're not talking about Kristi Noem here. He's fucked up, as have most people have in some way big or small during this pandemic. He just needs to get out in front of it and give a very public and sincere mea culpa and then promptly return to the business of keeping the residents of California state safe, as he has done mostly successfully thus far.

by Anonymousreply 5711/19/2020

R55, we have ways to fight the virus. We can’t fight stupid.

by Anonymousreply 5811/19/2020

[quote]He was called out for it. He acknowledged that he knew better and shouldn't have stayed and apologized for it. Bad Gavin. What more is there to say? Unless you're a right-wing loony out to attack Newsom, it's over.

R48 It was not as simple as that.

He was even lying while he was apologizing. He refused to come clean about it.

He said that the dinner was held outdoors.

That was a lie.

Photos that surfaced after his "apology" showed that the dinner took place indoors.

by Anonymousreply 5911/19/2020

Further: if San Francisco were its own state, it would currently have the lowest rate of new COVID cases in the entire country.

You Trump cultists can bash California and its libtard commie socialists all you like, but you can't argue with the numbers.

And less COVID means less chance of spreading COVID. A person in South Dakota is *twenty times* more likely to catch COVID than a person in San Francisco is.

by Anonymousreply 6011/19/2020

R60 California ranks second in the US for average daily cases.

by Anonymousreply 6111/19/2020

LOL at these Republitrolls expendering their energy bashing Newsom as if it's going to make one lick of difference. If he wants the governorship in 2022, it's his. If he doesn't, it belongs to another Democrat. The Republican party is tarnished here. They are at about the same level as shit.

But maybe they can trot out 'ol Meg Whitman again, so she and the Republicans can blow through another hundreds of millions of dollars in a losing campaign.

by Anonymousreply 6211/19/2020

*expending

by Anonymousreply 6311/19/2020

r61, California ranks in the mid-40s in PER CAPITA daily cases. Which is the only metric that matters, unless you're a complete moron.

by Anonymousreply 6411/19/2020

California has the highest population and extremely robust testing. Of course California numbers are going to be higher than other states based on numbers alone, but that's not how you measure the spread. The overall positivity rate compared to the population is relatively low compared to most other states with much lower populations, but with much higher positivity rates for the virus overall.

by Anonymousreply 6511/19/2020

[quote]LOL at these Republitrolls expendering their energy bashing Newsom as if it's going to make one lick of difference

The intent is to poison the water starting now. They want to make Newsom so toxic for the next 2 years so the Repub has a shot in 2022.

This Repubs play long term and we shall call them out whenever they try to bash Democrats.

by Anonymousreply 6611/19/2020

R66, I see what you mean and agree that they should be called out. But more than anybody else, CA Republicans have poisoned themselves, and their full embrace of Trumpism is only hurting them more here. They had a chance to repudiate Trump and blew it.

by Anonymousreply 6711/19/2020

Uh...why shouldn't hypocrisy be called out?

by Anonymousreply 6811/19/2020

What of it? We violated stay-at-home orders to attend a Passover seder in another town. So what?

by Anonymousreply 6911/19/2020

R68, you should have a field day calling out all of the Republican hypocrisy then -- nobody does it better than them.

How many tens of millions of dollars will the CA GOP blow through on their next losing bid for governorship?

by Anonymousreply 7011/19/2020

Why couldn't he just do his laundry at home?

by Anonymousreply 7111/19/2020

When did deplorables take over the site? He did nothing wrong. He’s a Democrat, so that makes him totally free from flaws.

by Anonymousreply 7211/19/2020

[quote] The Republican party is tarnished here. They are at about the same level as shit.

That’s not true. There is more shit on the streets of San Francisco than there are Republicans.

by Anonymousreply 7311/19/2020

Are real people seriously arguing that there is no problem with a Democratic Governor, who has been adamant about CV19 restrictions, flouting them all and then lying about it? You don’t see how that is a problem? This is someone you want to represent us? Someone you trust? A proven liar who won’t even follow his own advice? Really?

by Anonymousreply 7411/19/2020

R73, there is more bullshit lodged inside of Datalounge rightwing trolls' asses than anywhere in SF or the few Republicans left in CA. I don't know why they even bother?

by Anonymousreply 7511/19/2020

California didn’t get to be the fifth largest economy in the world by sucking up to deplorable trash. No, I don’t see a problem. None of this would even be an issue if it wasn’t for Trump. Gavin Newsom is, as usual, blameless in this. It is Republicans’ fault 100%.

by Anonymousreply 7611/19/2020

R70 ALL hypocrisy...right, left, up and down, should be called out.

by Anonymousreply 7711/19/2020

Governor made the rule, they don't follow them. It is a well known fact. That's why people hate politicians and call them hypocrites.

by Anonymousreply 7811/19/2020

Being a Republican is by definition being a hypocrite.

by Anonymousreply 7911/19/2020

No one is saying it's not a problem, r74. It is, but it's happened. Now what? It doesn't erase the fact that he's done a good job of keeping the state from becoming a COVID dumpster fire like many others and given the population here, that's no small feat.

For those who are lambasting him, what would you like to see happen? Do you want him to automatically resign and hand over the reigns to a Republican who will no doubt be even more hypocritical and in the pocket of lobbyists and give fuck all about public safety because the economy is more important?

I'm just trying to figure out the endgame here. He got caught being hypocritical and has been vociferously called out on it already, but what is the appropriate punishment and who exactly is the alternative at this moment? This is not another gubernatorial election cycle in CA for another two years.

by Anonymousreply 8011/19/2020

Yes, really, r74, really truly madly deeply.

We like Gavin Newsom, we support Gavin Newsom, we're happy with him as our hot governor of California. We're not trashing him over going to dinner with 12 people, for which he has accepted responsibility and apologized.

We think Gavin Newsom is an excellent Governor.

Just continue to support Donald and we'll see who ends up with a less tarnished reputation for his response to Covid-19, hon.

by Anonymousreply 8111/19/2020

This was a set-up just like Pelosi‘s hairdresser.

by Anonymousreply 8211/19/2020

R80 FFS there’s no fucking endgame here. At least from myself, I’m pointing out egregious hypocrisy from the top elected official from my state. We have a right to criticize our elected officials whether or not we’d supported them/ continue to support them without morons like you who say otherwise and tag us as part of some Repug conspiracy.

by Anonymousreply 8311/19/2020

r83, I'm critical as well and I'm not defending his actions whatsoever (I don't think anyone here is), but Repubs brush this kind of shit off and gather ranks around their own. Dems just continue to eat each other alive for not passing bullshit purity tests, while losing sight of the bigger picture.

by Anonymousreply 8411/19/2020

And how many times in this thread have you criticized him for this 12-person dinner he attended, r83?

Enough times yet?

It's worth noting that while you exercise your right to criticize Gavin Newsom, others exercise their right to defend him and/or accept his apology and move on.

What is it you are looking for from the Governor? What are you looking for from everyone else here? 100% agreement with you? A willingness to bash the Governor and not accept his apology until you give the okay? Should the Governor hold a special news conference to discuss, again, the 12 person dinner he attended?

Should he be suspended from the governorship without pay for a day?

What is it that you want, exactly?

by Anonymousreply 8511/19/2020

How many kids does he have? I googled and it looks like an entire litter!

by Anonymousreply 8611/19/2020

R30 - I am not Republican and haven't ever voted for one and will never do so, but even I acknowledge that this is not a good look for him. Couple it with the current situation and his kids going to school and the major job loss caused by the pandemic and it looks very Ivanka.

by Anonymousreply 8711/19/2020

idiot, why did he do this???

Makes me think less of him!

by Anonymousreply 8811/19/2020

For people who aren't familiar with the French Laundry restaurant (northern CA wine country), dinner outside costs $350 per person. $850 for indoor seating.

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by Anonymousreply 8911/19/2020

Ladies, ladies, no matter how much you howl, you'll never punish hot Gavin more than he's already been punished in this life.

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by Anonymousreply 9011/19/2020

I'd like to visit French Laundry too. With the exception of the white truffle supplement on the menu, the prices don't look out of reach.

by Anonymousreply 9111/19/2020

The bottom line is that Newsom has been a good governor working hard to stay on top of the COVID pandemic. Did he fuck up? Yes. Was it hypocritical? Yes. So yeah, criticize him all you want. But you can't criticize him forever. And Newsom has to not violate the rules again.

However, regardless of what Newsom did (or what anyone does), everyone has an obligation to follow the rules to help flatten the curve of the coronavirus. Newsom screwing up doesn't give a license to others to also break the rules.

by Anonymousreply 9211/19/2020

Watta hypocritical maroon...

by Anonymousreply 9311/19/2020

Should he be driven through the streets, naked, while the population hurls fresh herbs and flowers at him?

Well, I guess that would be all right.

by Anonymousreply 9411/19/2020

[quote] Newsom has been a good governor

Link, please. Everything I know about him is awful.

by Anonymousreply 9511/19/2020

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by Anonymousreply 9811/19/2020

High ratings from Californians over all, low marks on homelessness.

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by Anonymousreply 9911/19/2020

We got it R98.

Covid has been brought under control by the by the people of California following the rules.

Too bad the arrogant governor doesn't do the same.

by Anonymousreply 10011/19/2020

R85 Reading comprehension, moron. How many times did I criticize him? I merely replied to posts that excused hypocrisy or compared people who expect non-Repug politicians to not do Repug shit like this. Oh and show me where I demanded 100% agreement or other shit you’d mentioned. Am I allowed to reply to posters who say this is totally fine? Or do I need your and other Dems’ permission to criticize someone I’d voted for several times, from mayor to now governor?

I work in healthcare (DNP both primary care and psych), so yeah it fucking impacts my safety and my patients safety when the top elected official doesn’t practice what he preaches when it comes to a fucking public health concern. I have enough patients who don’t take it seriously enough without having the governor pull a stunt like this. Tell me please how the fuck am I supposed to react, when patients refuse to wear masks or wear them wrongly because it’s okay to not adhere to guidelines.

by Anonymousreply 10111/19/2020

R83, what else would you like Governor Newsom to do about the fact that he had dinner with 12 people when he shouldn't have?

I understand, you are almost hysterically upset about this and feel totally justified in your rage and repeated venting because blah blah blah blah.

What should Gavin Newsom do to atone for his horrible crime?

by Anonymousreply 10211/19/2020

My charming ignoramuses and bitches- you're all missing the actual, real stupidity of this fuck-up by the Right Honorable Governor Newsom so I'll point it out.

I can take a while to comprehend things, however, about 10 years ago, after noticing the ubiquitous presence on mainstream news and on the internet, of cell-phone videos capturing the latest Walmart brawl, "funny" child tantrum, and surveillance cameras capturing street scenes, hotel hallways, what-have-you, not to mention how we're tracked on our computers, I realized, and started to live my life accordingly, on the assumption that in our homes, cars, workplaces, we are all subject to, and may be, without our permission and knowledge, heard and seen.

Obviously, someone surreptitiously, covertly, secretly, in The French Laundry, no less, TOOK FUCKING PIX of NEWSOME. Sorry 'bout the capital letters but this is so mind-boggling stupid on his part, they're called for.

I'll never be in there, but I have to believe that TFL doesn't allow its customers to just openly start snapping away with their cell-phone cameras at other customers, but, guess what, even within the rarefied, expensive, exclusive environs of that place, IT HAPPENED.

It proves that deciding to live my life assuming that every or any moment I can be surveilled and/or heard isn't crazy, it's a nod to reality.

That Newsome let his lack of judgment, and yes, hypocritical mistake, allow him let his guard down and forget that his image can be being captured everywhere, is monumentally stupid on his part.

by Anonymousreply 10311/19/2020

He should do a few years in jail for this, if not more!

by Anonymousreply 10411/19/2020

R103, you’re stoned, right?

by Anonymousreply 10511/19/2020

No, r105, I'm stone cold sober and serious.

I'm not a Californian. I'll take the word of his defenders that he's a good, effective Governor. But man, that was a mind-boggling mistake.

And yes, he deserves to be forgiven and be able to move on from this, but man, talk about clusterfuck of bad optics.

by Anonymousreply 10611/19/2020

250,000 dead.

The man went to a dinner of 12 that he shouldn't have stayed at and he's apologized for it, admitting he knew better and acknowledging his responsibility.

250,000 dead and the virus is under control in California a lot better than most other states.

It's enough Gavin bashing now, the GOP isn't going to rise in California in 2022 or 2024.

by Anonymousreply 10711/19/2020

R102 thanks for being condescending towards those of us in the frontline dealing with sick people. I hope when you’re sick your healthcare providers overlook your snide attitude towards their professions. I could give a fuck what he does, he’s apologized and he’s been made to look like a rich hypocrite politician. End of story and hopefully he learns from it. For the last time since you’re too obtuse to get it, I have more issues with those who excuse it or spin it in ways so that we’re somehow Trumptards or deplorables for daring to criticize a Dem. sorry but I didn’t get the memo that we’re supposed to not say shit when Dem elected officials fuck up.

by Anonymousreply 10811/19/2020

R106, okay...it just seemed like a lot of words to say, “He should have known better.”

by Anonymousreply 10911/19/2020

In what world is it ok for a governor to have a birthday party at a $$$$ restaurant for his wife hosted by a lobbyist

by Anonymousreply 11011/19/2020

Oops. Never mind. It was the lobbyists birthday.

by Anonymousreply 11111/19/2020

R110, this is the same guy who just mandated that any male prisoner who claims to think he’s trans be allowed to cell with female prisoners, despite the fact that everywhere this has been done, the women have been raped. He’s a corrupt scumbag.

by Anonymousreply 11211/19/2020

As far as I can tell you continue to bash Gavin Newsom to your hysterical heart's content, r108.

No one's prevented you from saying anything you like about this over and over and over again.

by Anonymousreply 11311/19/2020

Kinney - the birthday boy - is a personal friend of the Governor's.

by Anonymousreply 11411/19/2020

R113 You sound like a mother hen.

The thread is about the hypocritical behavior of a politician. There have been plenty of such threads here. If you can't take it, too bad. We're all tired of this kind of crap and people will let off steam over it. And that's really all it is. So relax.

by Anonymousreply 11511/19/2020

R112 He’s also the same fucker who unilaterally put a moratorium on the death penalty on some flimsy grounds about “being 100% sure” despite CA having a very long and thorough appeals process. I find that unforgiveable.

No matter how much people want to think CA is a liberal utopia, there is still a conservative undercurrent that shows its head in elections, most recently earlier this month when CA rejected affirmative action yet again, rejected increased property taxes on commercial properties, rejected residential rent control and voted yes on continuing bail.

And I don’t get the googly eyes for Newsom. He looks like a greasy, used car lot owner, which he probably would be if not for the machinations of his Getty ass licking father.

by Anonymousreply 11611/19/2020

Gavin Newsom is the real Golden State Killer.

He's the love child of Charles Manson and The Birdman of Alcatraz. True story.

by Anonymousreply 11711/19/2020

He's a good looking man but in politics he's practically a god. Remember, politics is show business for ugly people.

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by Anonymousreply 11811/19/2020

The number of guests doesn’t bother me as much as the setup did. Twelve sitting shoulder to shoulder in a small enclosed area, which they had to enclose because the party was too loud and raucous. They could have easily split the guests over three tables.

This shithead is the same one who is ordering people to wear masks throughout Thanksgiving dinner, moving it up and down with each bite, space all guests 6 feet apart outside regardless of weather, no more than 3 households and 10 guests total, and the kicker, no singing or loud, animated talking. Hypocritical shithead.

by Anonymousreply 11911/19/2020

I’m against the death penalty as a punishment. But I think it is only humane to offer prisoners who are sentenced to 25 years or more in prison the option of euthanasia. I think death is more humane than torturing someone in a box for the rest of their life.

by Anonymousreply 12011/19/2020

I can almost guarantee that Newsom patterned his 'do after young Pat Riley of Lakers fame.

That said, hairdo looks good on Newsom.

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by Anonymousreply 12111/19/2020

For Republicans, this is a bigger story than 250,000 deaths.

by Anonymousreply 12211/19/2020

I don't see what the big deal is.

by Anonymousreply 12311/19/2020

Whatever Newson did (and he shouldn't do it again), YOU still have to follow the rules and wear your mask.

Two wrongs don't make a right.

by Anonymousreply 12411/19/2020

*Newsom

by Anonymousreply 12511/19/2020

[quote]YOU still have to follow the rules and wear your mask.

YOU meaning, "the little people"

by Anonymousreply 12611/19/2020

It was just so colossally dumb. But in the end he is a politician and all of them are the most fucked up personalities on earth (maybe throw in actors.). Dreadful people. The best you can hope for is some accidental good policy before the next batch of fucked up gets elected. Trust me, if you worked for or spent time with any of your political heroes, you'd be disillusioned in about a day.

by Anonymousreply 12711/20/2020

I have spent time with some of my political heroes over the years. I wasn't disillusioned.

Not expecting them to be perfect probably helped.

by Anonymousreply 12811/21/2020

It is time for Mr. Mask to resign.

by Anonymousreply 12911/21/2020

R127 it took you a day. 10 minute at a party with Nancy Pelosi and I lose all illusion about our political players.

by Anonymousreply 13011/21/2020

Yes for me but not for thee

by Anonymousreply 13111/21/2020

Sorry - that was for a different thread.

by Anonymousreply 13211/21/2020
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