California Medical Association Execs Joined Gavin Newsom at ‘French Laundry’ Party

Grant Boone
November 21, 2020

This party might not have violated Napa regulations as they stood at the time, but the county has since been placed on the most restrictive "purple" tier for reopening. The California Department of Public Health says that "gatherings that include more than three households are prohibited".

But now Politico is reporting that California Medical Association officials - of all people - were among the guests seated with Newsom at the "opulent birthday dinner at the French Laundry restaurant this month".

Newsom and Kinney's lobbying firm, Axiom Advisors, has insisted that it was an outdoor dinner. It was in celebration of the 50th birthday of Jason Kinney, a Newsom friend and political adviser.

MSNBC contributor and Daily Beast politics editor Sam Stein called the medical officials' involvement in the dinner "Outrageous conduct".

Newsom's spokesman, Nathan Click, did not answer questions from the Associated Press about whether Newsom was tested for the coronavirus after attending or if he wore a mask when he wasn't eating or drinking, as he has urged Californians to do.

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"Instead of sitting down, I should have stood up and walked back, gotten in my auto and drove back to my house", he said. "The spirit of what I'm preaching all the time was contradicted", he said". Newsom told FOX 11 the party was actually in a closed-off room, and that the sliding-glass doors had to be closed in order to keep their noise from bothering the other guests. "And so I want to apologize to you, because I need to preach and practice, not just preach and not practice".

Newsom's latest virus restrictions took effect on Tuesday. "We are sounding the alarm", said Governor Newsom.

Even as the state put out an advisory last week asking Californians not to travel out of state due to the increasing coronavirus cases, a handful of state lawmakers traveled to Maui for an annual policy conference sponsored by the prison guards union and other interest groups that lobby at the Capitol.

"If... we have several leaders who are apparently acting in contradiction to what they are saying publicly, that puts their credibility in doubt".

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