San Jose, Cali. Mayor Sam Liccardo labeled hypocrite for do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do attitude.
The mayor of San Jose, California, is being criticized as a hypocrite for telling residents to avoid Thanksgiving gatherings due to COVID-19, while he himself enjoyed dinner with his family.
On Tuesday, Democrat Mayor Sam Liccardo released an apology after local media caught him ignoring his own safety guidelines to spend the holiday with his elderly parents and an undisclosed number of guests.
“On Thanksgiving afternoon, my wife Jessica and I attended my parent’s house for an outdoor dinner on their backyard patio, along with my sister-in-law,” admitted Mayor Liccardo Tuesday.
In his apology, Liccardo professed his family observed social distancing guidelines, claiming family members “dined separately” and “sat around three distanced tables in our own family groups on the back patio, and we wore masks without eating.”
“I understand that the state regulations, issued on November 13th, limit the number of households at a private gathering to three,” read Liccardo’s statement. “I apologize for my decision to gather for Thanksgiving with my family, contrary to the rules. I understand my obligation as a public official to provide exemplary compliance w/ public health orders, & not to ignore them. I commit to do better.”
The mayor’s illegal gathering came mere days after he told residents to “cancel the big gatherings this year.”