“I recognize that my decision has disappointed many who believe it would have been better to spend Thanksgiving alone.”
Mayor who urged residents to “stay home as much as you can” travels out of state to visit family for Thanksgiving
Nov 25, 2020
CBS NEWS – Denver’s mayor apologized on Wednesday for traveling out of state to visit his family for Thanksgiving, in a statement that came on the same day that he urged residents to “stay home as much as you can.”
Health experts have repeatedly asked Americans not to travel for the holiday, warning that it could lead to a severe spike in coronavirus cases and further tax an already overburdened healthcare system.
Democratic Mayor Michael Hancock wrote on Twitter.
“I have shared how my family canceled our plans for our traditional multi-household Thanksgiving celebration.
“What I did not share, but should have, is that my wife and my daughter have been in Mississippi, where my daughter recently took a job. As the holiday approached, I decided it would be safer for me to travel to see them than to have two family members travel back to Denver.”
“I recognize that my decision has disappointed many who believe it would have been better to spend Thanksgiving alone. As a public official, whose conduct is rightly scrutinized for the message it sends to others, I apologize to the residents of Denver who see my decision as conflicting with the guidance to stay at home for all but essential travel.”
Hancock said he made the decision as “a husband and father,” and asked the public to forgive him for decisions “that are borne of my heart and not my head.”
Hancock’s office told CBS Denver:
“As he has shared, the Mayor is not hosting his traditional large family dinner this year, but instead traveling alone to join his wife and daughter where the three of them will celebrate Thanksgiving at her residence instead of having them travel back to Denver. Upon return, he will follow all necessary health and safety guidance and quarantine.”
The office said he flew to Houston en route to Mississippi, CBS Denver reported … Read more.
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