The wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom took to social media to defend her husband and call out ‘haters without a life’ who criticized Newsom’s 12-day disappearance from public view in a since-deleted tweet.
‘It’s funny how certain folks can’t handle truth,’ California First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom 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.’
The governor’s wife recently reflected on the need to regard ‘domestic work’ as important in the light of the pandemic, after announcing she will direct a documentary about three couples who try to juggle their family and professional lives.
‘If the COVID-19 pandemic has not made it clear how damaging it is to society when we render care and domestic work invisible, I am not sure what else will,’ Newsom said about the documentary, based on the book Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (And More Life to Live).
When Newsom abruptly pulled out of the climate summit in Scotland this weekend, his office cited ‘family obligations’ as the reason, and said he would attend virtually – but no recordings featuring Newsom participating in the summit were released.
‘The governor has been working from the Capitol this week,’ a spokeswoman for Newsom told DailyMail.com on Saturday, dismissing any suggestion that the COP26 cancellation was connected to Newsom’s booster shot as ‘misinformation.’
In a now deleted tweet, California First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom went after ‘haters’ who criticized her husband’s 12-day disappearance from public view
The governor’s wife recently reflected on the need to regard ‘domestic work’ as important in the light of the pandemic. ‘If the COVID-19 pandemic has not made it clear how damaging it is to society when we render care and domestic work invisible, I am not sure what else will’ (pictured together at an election night event in 2018)
No further comments have been issued on why the governor hasn’t been seen in public for an unusually long period of time for an elective official. DailyMail.com reached out for comment on Monday.
Siebel’s tweet, first reported by The Sacramento Bee, was deleted shortly after she posted it on Sunday, and she has not tweeted ever since.
Eleni Kounalakis, a fellow Democrat who led the California delegation in Glasgow after Newsom pulled out of the summit, confirmed that his absence was due to family matters.
‘The governor has a young family and we should all be understanding, especially those of us who have been there,’ said Kounalakis.
Newsom has four children, ages 5 to 12 with his wife. Since the governor hiatus from public sights, he has been fairly active on Twitter and in Halloween posted photos dressed as a pirate with his wife and children.
Newsom was last seen in public on October 27, receiving a COVID-19 booster shot in Oakland. He said it was painless and then flexed in celebration, urging others to get boosters as well.
October 27: Governor Newsom was last seen in public receiving a COVID-19 booster shot in Oakland from Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency
He said it was painless and then flexed in celebration, urging others to get boosters as well
Two days later, his office issued a statement citing unspecified family obligations, cancelling his plans to attend the global climate conference, a huge gathering of international leaders on a subject that is among his highest priorities.
The statement claimed that Newsom would attend the summit virtually, though he still has not made a video appearance. California’s lieutenant governor led the delegation in his place. No further information on the ‘family obligations’ that caused the sudden alteration to his schedule have been shared.
Since then, Newsom has been seen only in prerecorded video statements, and in family Halloween photos posted last Monday, in costume as a pirate with his wife and four young children.
November 5: Newsom posted a pre-recorded statement on Friday commemorating Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists
November 1: Newsom posted a photo on his Instagram account with his wife and four children, aged five to 12, dressed as pirates on Halloween
The only statement from Newsom’s office cited an unspecified family obligation for his abrupt cancellation of plans to attend the COP26 climate summit in Scotland
After the federal government late Tuesday authorized Pfzier’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use for kids 5 to 11, California implemented what state officials deemed a ‘robust vaccination program.’
It’s the kind of announcement that Newsom typically makes in-person in front of TV cameras, but the governor’s office announced the plan with an emailed news release.
His Twitter account went dark from October 28 until Tuesday, when he tweeted Election Day support to fellow Democratic Governors Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, who were seeking reelection.
As the week went on, Newson’s Twitter account was more active, tweeting about climate change, urging children to get vaccinated, and praising President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates for large companies.
Newsom submitted some prerecorded remarks to a transit conference last week, and also posted a pre-recorded statement on Friday commemorating Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists.
His office announced some appointments to state agencies and boards. He also posted a photo on his Instagram account with his wife and four children, aged five to 12, dressed as pirates on Halloween.
It’s rare, but not unprecedented, for Newsom to go a whole week without some type of appearance. Such absences are usually explained, including when Newsom leaves the state for vacation.
In this case, the only statement from Newsom’s office came October 29 and referred to unspecified family obligations. No additional information about the family’s circumstances has been released.
It’s a relatively slow time in Sacramento as the state Legislature is not in session and won’t meet again until January.
Recent storms mean no major wildfires are burning out of control, as has been the case in the fall months of recent years.
In September, Newsom survived a GOP-led recall election, beating Republican radio host Larry Elder by a margin of 61.9 percent to 38.1 percent, the same breakdown by which Newsom won the 2018 election.
For COP26, Newsome tapped Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis to lead the state delegation in his absence.
Democrats close to Newsom say he ‘desperately wanted to go’ to COP26 (above), the premiere global summit on climate change attended by elite leaders from around the world
Democratic state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, who also attended the conference, said he suspected Newsom was very disappointed to not be going.
‘He loves this issue, he cares about it a lot,’ Hertzberg said. ‘It’s a big deal to him, and I’m sure he desperately wanted to go.’
Kounalakis returned from Scotland on Thursday. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon will lead a second delegation of state lawmakers to Scotland next week for a series of meetings with world leaders and a tour of off-shore wind energy in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Newsom spokesperson Erin Mellon said the governor will appear virtually at the U.N. climate conference, which ends on November 12, next week.
‘The Governor will participate in a couple events next week focused on global efforts to advance zero emission vehicles and to move beyond oil,’ she said Thursday.