California Governor Gavin Newsom abruptly disappeared and canceled his trip to Glasgow, Scotland, to attend the COP26 Climate Conference – a surprising move for a governor who has made the fight against climate change one of his central policy priorities. He did not appear in public for more than 13 days after this schedule change.
Rather than attend the climate conference, which covered initiatives like moving away from fossil fuels, Newsom was spotted attending the wedding of uber-wealthy oil heiress Ivy Getty during his notable absence.
— Doug Sovern (@SovernNation) November 9, 2021
Getty is a scion of one of the state’s wealthiest and most powerful families, the great-granddaughter of 20th-century oil magnate J. Paul Getty. The family fortune has deep roots in the fossil fuel industry, and the Gettys have been longtime friends and political allies of Newsom and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Newsom’s office denied rumors that he was unwell. The governor’s wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, posted (and deleted) a tweet telling Californians questioning where their governor was to “Please stop hating and get a life.”
This lengthy absence from the public eye is unusual for Newsom, who has kept a high profile throughout his term in office, particularly since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis last year, and whose presence at the Scotland summit was highly anticipated.
Newsom made his first official public appearance in weeks at the 2021 California Economic Summit and announced his intention to visit a vaccine clinic in Los Angeles and take press questions.