Democrat California Governor Gavin Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, posted and then deleted a tweet Sunday evening telling people to “stop hating and get a life.” The tweet was related to the attention around the governor’s absence from any public appearances for several days since he made a media appearance of his COVID-19 vaccine booster shot on October 27.
Newsom’s office announced on October 29 that he was canceling his plans to attend the U.N. climate summit in Scotland that was attended by President Joe Biden and several cabinet members. At that time, Newsom’s office stated that the governor would participate virtually in the summit by video conference. That was also canceled.
Kevin Kiley, a Republican state assemblyman, posted a tweet on Monday saying that the absence of a governor is “always a matter of public concern,” adding that it is especially true when a governor is “claiming sole authority to control people’s lives” because of a “State of Emergency.”
Fox News reported that Newsom was allegedly seen at the wedding of Ivy Love Getty, heiress to the Getty oil fortune. Newsom’s office did not respond to requests made by Fox News for information.
A press secretary for Newsom said that his absence was not related to his COVID-19 booster shot and claimed that he would soon return to public view. He added that Newsom worked with staff last week on “urgent issues,” including mandating vaccinations for schoolchildren and the state’s budget.
State senators Bob Hertzberg and John Laird rushed to defend Newsom’s decision to cancel his attendance at or participation in the Scotland climate conference, saying that it was reported to be “a family issue,” and there was “no one in California” who wanted to attend the junket more than Newsom. Hertzberg said that he doesn’t think it is “appropriate to dig further into it.”