Democratic Austin Mayor Steve Adler is a thoughtful guy. He is so considerate of his constituents and so concerned for their well-being that he took time out on Nov. 9 posted a reminder to them on Facebook that they should stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our numbers are increasing and everybody has to be aware of that and we need to, you know, stay home if you can,” he said, adding, “Do everything you can to try to keep the numbers down. This is not the time to relax.”
The message might have seemed a little more heartfelt had Hizzoner not been doing some relaxing of his town in the Mexican resort of Cabo San Lucas, where he had retreated with some friends by private jet following his daughter’s wedding.
According to ABC affiliate KVUE, the mayor confirmed that the video was recorded in Mexico. But Adler hastened to note that he had not violated his own order or those of Gov. Greg Abbott and that he took multiple steps to ensure the safety of his guests, including rapid COVID-19 testing.
But after taking some time to think about how his actions might resonate with voters, he released a second video, this time apologizing and acknowledging he was setting a “bad example.”
“I regret this travel. I wouldn’t travel now, didn’t over Thanksgiving and won’t over Christmas,” he said.
Adler is the latest in a growing list of Democrats to behave as though they are above the rules. On Tuesday Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl dined at an area restaurant hours after voting to ban outdoor dining. Naturally she sat an outdoor table. (RELATED: Do as she says, not as she does: Chicago mayor gets haircut despite social distancing order)