The governor’s office released a surprising announcement on Oct. 29, canceling Newsom’s plans to attend the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, in order to deal with unspecified family obligations; no additional information has been released. The governor’s spokesperson said that Newsom had planned to participate in the climate conference virtually, but a delegation schedule released later didn’t feature any virtual events involving Newsom.
Newsom spokesperson Erin Mellon said on Nov. 4 that the governor would participate virtually in “a couple” of the climate summit events “next week.”
The governor’s office didn’t immediately respond to requests by The Epoch Times for comment about Newsom’s lack of public appearances since getting the booster shot.
“The governor will participate in a couple of events next week focused on global efforts to advance zero-emission vehicles and to move beyond oil,” Mellon said late last week.
Newsom was last seen receiving a Moderna CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus vaccine booster dose on Oct. 27. The governor’s booster was a mix-and-match with the original regimen, which was a Johnson & Johnson (J&J) shot.
“I am choosing not to do J&J today, not because I had any problems with J&J—in fact, it went beautifully—but to make the point about the opportunity to mix and match,” Newsom said at the time.
While Newsom should have appeared before TV cameras to announce the state’s CCP virus vaccination program for children aged 5 to 11, atypically, the announcement was made via an emailed statement.
Newsom submitted some prerecorded remarks to a transit conference earlier this week, and his office announced some appointments to state agencies and boards. He also posted a photo on his Instagram account with his wife and four children, aged 5 to 12, dressed as pirates on Halloween.
“Hope everyone had a safe, happy Halloween!!” he wrote.
Newsom’s Twitter account had been quiet from Oct. 28 until Nov. 2, when he sent posts backing fellow Democratic Govs. Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Terry McAuliffe of Virginia on Election Day. As the week went on, Newsom’s Twitter account became more active.
It’s rare, but not unprecedented, for Newsom to go a whole week without some type of appearance. Such absences are usually explained, including when Newsom leaves the state for vacation.
It’s a relatively slow time in Sacramento, as the state Legislature isn’t in session and won’t meet again until January. Recent storms mean no major wildfires are burning out of control, as has been the case in recent years.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.