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Gavin Newsom thinks his own Covid-19 rules don't apply to him

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

California's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom speaks onstage at his election night watch party in Los Angeles, California on November 6, 2018. - Gavin Newsom defeated his Republican opponent John Cox to become the next Governor of California. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

On Monday, California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that amid rising Covid-19 cases in his state that he would be "pulling the emergency brake" on reopening plans. On that same day, he apologized for, at best, skirting his own rules when it comes to mitigating the spread of the coronavirus.

(CNN)On Monday, California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that amid rising Covid-19 cases in his state that he would be "pulling the emergency brake" on reopening plans.

The details are these: On November 6, Newsom and his wife, Jennifer, attended a 50th birthday party for political consultant and lobbyist Jason Kinney, at the uber-exclusive French Laundry restaurant in the heart of the state's Napa Valley.

Photos obtained by Fox 11 in Los Angeles show Newsom sitting closely packed with other guests -- and none wearing a mask.

"I made a bad mistake," Newsom said by way of apology on Monday.

Unfortunately for Newsom, this episode of do-what-I-say-not-what-I-do is likely to negatively color his overall handling of the virus, which to this point had won plaudits from many -- including me!

Newsom was the first governor in the country to issue a stay-at-home order (on March 19) and was generally quite proactive in his response to the evolving virus.

"Newsom understood right away how bad that dinner looked.

Now, to his credit, Newsom's apology was fulsome -- and without the sort of "sorry if anyone was offended" caveats that politicians love to lean on.

And California is one of the most Democratic states in the country, so it's unlikely that this error in judgment will seriously jeopardize Newsom's chances at a second term in 2022 or his future national political aspirations.

But for someone who had been leading the charge on what effective government response to this pandemic looked like, Newsom's knuckle-headed decision to defy his own best practices is a bad look.

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