Nearly a quarter of California counties were declared to be in a state of emergency Wednesday due to winter storms and residents, desperate for aid, couldn’t help but draw attention to the sudden absence of Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Progressives look out for their own until it’s politically expedient to do otherwise, and the lack of coverage on the Golden State executive’s disappearance during a crisis showed him to be marked safe from getting stabbed in the back this week. But, while corporate media and leftists hoping to one day fill his seat gave Newsom a pass, Californians were none too pleased with the conditions at home as the governor took off for some “personal travel.”
By Wednesday, the Democrat governor’s office had declared a state of emergency in 13 counties impacted by winter storms to provide better support and disaster relief, including Los Angeles County. Shortly thereafter, Newsom hightailed it out of there and said nothing of where he went.
As Rep. Kevin Kiley (R-Calif.), whose district includes areas in several of the counties impacted, tweeted Thursday, “Californians are trapped in their homes without power. More storms are on the way. And Governor Newsom has just left the state for ‘personal travel.'”
Californians are trapped in their homes without power. More storms are on the way. And Governor Newsom has just left the state for “personal travel.”
— Kevin Kiley (@KevinKileyCA) March 2, 2023
Miyah Nelson, a resident of Lake Arrowhead, California east of Los Angeles, spoke to KTLA and lamented, “There are roofs collapsing everywhere, people are needing assistance and rescues. All of the stores are running low on food and water supplies. The gas stations barely have any gas. Mr. Newsom, can you please send some help? We really need the help of the National Guard. We need our roads cleared so that way people can get out of their homes. They’re all trapped.”
Those facts left even San Francisco columnist Emily Hoeven drawing attention to the troubles faced in the state as she tweeted, “May not have been the best timing for Newsom to go out of state on personal travel.”
She followed that comment by reporting, “NEW: Statewide, California’s snowpack is at 190% of average levels for this date, according to the state Department of Water Resources.”
NEW: Statewide, California's snowpack is at 190% of average levels for this date, according to the state Department of Water Resources.
— Emily Hoeven (@emily_hoeven) March 3, 2023
As many will readily recall, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was lambasted in 2021 when the Lone Star State was struck by an ice storm and he endeavored to whisk his family away to Cancun. Not only was Cruz berated into cutting short his own trip, contrasting how Newsom has mostly been given a pass, but keen observers will also note the senator had little authority to aid Texans during that crisis whereas the governor is the man of the hour.
Therefore, Kiley moved past Newsom shirking his duties and called on Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis (D) acting in his stead to “immediately seek a Major Disaster Declaration from the president. Our residents are cut off from power and basic supplies.”
I am calling on California’s Acting Governor, Eleni Kounalakis, to immediately seek a Major Disaster Declaration from the President. Our residents are cut off from power and basic supplies. pic.twitter.com/IobZhuWGFl
— Kevin Kiley (@KevinKileyCA) March 3, 2023
Meanwhile, having absconded on his “personal travels,” Newsom was willing to make time to attack red states and tweeted Thursday about the actions of Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) and his legislators working to protect children.
Tennessee has the 8th highest murder rate in the nation.
It ranks 44th among states for health outcomes.
And this is what the Governor is focused on. https://t.co/RPQHFKcn7s
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 3, 2023
And you are focused on another states affairs, instead of your own.
— Matthew Marsden (@matthewdmarsden) March 3, 2023
When we expect nothing we’re not disappointed…
— Leslie Ratcliff (@leslie_ratcliff) March 3, 2023
Typical democrat self focused and entitled
— Marc (@SupSano) March 3, 2023
Don’t you worry. The political class is safe and secure.
— s.petry (@spetry_mi) March 3, 2023
Does anyone know where he is this time or is it another mysterious disappearance?
— freeapplepie (@MCKreizenbeck) March 3, 2023
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