Capitol Lawmakers’ COVID Hypocrisy in Full View on Packed Southwest Flight

Since March of last year, lawmakers in the State Capitol have shunned allowing the public to participate in the legislative process. Early on in Gov. Newsom’s statewide lockdown, legislators completely recessed and did not conduct any state business. Eventually they came back to work but fully masked and socially distanced. Some lawmakers wear two masks in empty hearings.

Legislators have been loathe to allow the public to attend and speak at hearings, preferring the public call in on the phone, or if they must attend in person to do it on the Capitol CCTV from another hearing room altogether. It’s a totalitarian way to “govern.”

So Thursday when Greg Burt with the California Family Council sent the Globe this photo, we had a good laugh at the hypocrisy of these lawmakers.

Greg Burt on Southwest Flight. (Photo: Greg Burt)

“Should I be worried this is going to be a super spreader event,” he messaged. “I saw 7 state legislators on this plane to Orange County. But legislators still will not let people visit them at the capitol. And they only let 15 people into a hearing yesterday although they had seating for 150 or more. This is what hypocrisy looks like. This southwest flight is full.”

And then he Tweeted his message.

“Legislators I saw: Sen. Umberg, Sen. Newman, Asm. Quirk*, Sen. Bates, Asm. Nguyen, Sen. Choi. I don’t blame the Republicans for this. Dems control the capitol,” Burt messaged.

He makes a good point. We are forced to stand in line 6 feet from anyone. We can’t reasonably attend hearings in person. State Capitol CHP order anyone on the grounds outside to wear a mask – no doubt under orders from legislative leaders.

But these same legislative leaders and elected lawmakers think nothing of cramming themselves onto a crowded Southwest 737 flight of 143 passengers – shoulder to shoulder – breathing that recycled air.

Meanwhile, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pinned Tweet still orders: “CA, you are now REQUIRED to wear a mask in public spaces. We’re seeing too many people with faces uncovered. Wearing a face covering is critical for keeping people safe and healthy, keeping businesses open and getting people back to work. Do your part. Wear your mask.” …

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  1. Go ahead, arrest me for walking alone outdoors not near any people, and NOT wearing my mask. The utter stupidity of a rule that a totally vaccinated person needs to be masked while outdoors in the sun and not “congregating” with anyone is unbelievable. The real agenda here is maintaining RAW POWER by the elites and those who make the “regulations.” Goodbye, Governor, and good riddance.

    • Gwen Myers says

      You are so right. When I’m out walking (without a mask) and others walking and even riding their bikes with masks, I am absolutely floored – they are probably doing more harm to themselves then COVID would.

  2. Recall the Clairol Kid!!!

  3. Robert Wilson says

    Newsom is scum of the earth! RECALL !!!

  4. Ruth M Lange says

    I’m not getting the vaccine and it’s even stupid to walk outdoors by yourself with a mask on even without the vaccine. I’m not going to be the government’s guinea pig – they didn’t test the vaccines on animals first – just humans! Common sense has to count for something these days!!

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