House Republican Leader Attended Son’s Wedding During Pandemic, Receives Backlash
While California residents were being urged to practice social distancing to curtail the spread of COVID-19, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy attended his son’s wedding in December.
“We took every precaution to ensure a safe celebration,” McCarthy said in regards to the wedding.
“We spent the majority of the time outside with the dinner following the ceremony in an almost completely open area. We wore masks indoors that day, except in those instances where some had to let makeup dry or when we were eating.”
“Did our families get close to one another? Of course. Did we feel safe? Of course,” he wrote. “Would I celebrate this beautiful day … again. You better believe it.”
The wedding took place on Dec. 5 in coastal San Luis Obispo County. In a video posted online, the congressman is seen with several other unmasked guests at the ceremony.
McCarthy criticized the LA Times for running the story.
“This isn’t the first time the LA Times has targeted my family and it likely won’t be the last. But I won’t let the LA Times intimidate me, my family, or any Californian who works hard and lives their life as they think is best,” McCarthy said.
“Unfortunately, the media we are supposed to trust continue to discredit themselves by obsessing over things like this. And, I might add, they usually obsess based on your party registration.”
McCarthy’s wedding attendance is congruent with his rhetoric, unlike that of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s.
Newsom, who McCarthy criticized for enforcing strict lockdown mandates, was exposed eating out at French Laundry, an upscale restaurant in California.
When Newsom instated a statewide shelter-in-place mandate, McCarthy was critical of it.
“You know how serious this virus is and how contagious it is. But California is 12 percent of the nation’s population. There are essential things that are produced in California that when you think of the pharmaceutical industry and others based in San Francisco,” McCarthy said.
“I would have thought the governor would have called a number of us to consult and talk to us why he would make this decision. I know I never did get a call from him. Maybe he feels there’s a need behind it.”
“We do think there was an ability to do this without shutting down the entire state,” McCarthy said.
U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is yet another politician who came under fire for flouting social distancing rules after being exposed for getting her hair done in a hair salon during the pandemic.