(CNS News) – When asked about California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) getting caught on camera in alleged violation of the COVID health restrictions imposed by him on the people of his state, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the liberal Democratic leader had “lost a lot of credibility.”
At the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, a reporter asked McCarthy what he thought about Governor Newsom dining inside with a group, of over ten people, without masks, and without social distancing.
“Well, I hope the Democrats who signed this letter are not like Gavin Newsom: say one thing and do another,” said McCarthy, alluding to the 23 Democratic congressmen who signed a letter saying they would okay a discharge petition, if Democrats are unable to pass a COVID relief bill.
“What’s concerning to me is who’s around the table too, from the medical association,” said McCarthy, in reference to a photo of Newsom at the dinner. “And then to say at the very beginning that they were outside. They weren’t even wearing a mask.”
Newsom attended the Nov. 6 birthday dinner at the prestigious French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley. There were at least 12 people at the indoor dinner, including two officials of the California Medical Association. A woman at the restaurant reportedly took a photo of the governor dining with the group and passed it on to local media FOX 11, KTVU.
“I mean I know what Gavin Newsom has said before, he’s told us in California even if we’re out to eat in the last month, we’d have to wear a mask, take a bite and put the mask back on,” said McCarthy. “I think he lost a lot of credibility with Californians.”
The Office of the Governor of California’s official Twitter page tweeted in October, “Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend? Don't forget to keep your mask on in between bites."”