This story has been updated to include a reply from the governor’s office.
The Globe reported Saturday Nov. 6th that California Governor Gavin Newsom’s last public appearance was October 27th, when he received a coronavirus booster shot. Then, only two days later on October 29th, Gov. Gavin Newsom cited “family obligations” and abruptly cancelled his much anticipated trip to Scotland to attend the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, the Globe reported. An aide made the surprise announcement.
Monday morning very early, we sent Gov. Newsom’s press office a request for his public schedule this week. We still have not heard anything back, as of 2:30pm.
Then the Globe received a message from a medical professional that a rumor is going through the medical community that Gov. Newsom has Guillain-Barré syndrome following his recent COVID booster vaccine. We heard from several other politically-connected sources saying the same.
On Twitter, Tweets like this one from Joshua Coleman from Roseville, CA are appearing: “Sources close to @GavinNewsom claim he is experiencing Guillane-Barre [sic] syndrome following booster vaccine. Allopathic medicine rarely acknowledges and comprehensively treats vax injuries. Please share your recommendations of known treatments for Gov. Newsom.”
Sources close to @GavinNewsom claim he is experiencing Guillane-Barre syndrome following booster vaccine. Allopathic medicine rarely acknowledges and comprehensively treats vax injuries. Please share your recommendations of known treatments for Gov. Newsom. pic.twitter.com/cS0znYVKa4
— Joshua Coleman (@joshbucky) November 8, 2021
“An incredibly rare but very serious problem of the immune system, GBS causes an autoimmune disorder whereby the body seemingly attacks itself,” a medical health website explains. A medical friend said it can be very serious in some cases attacking muscle function.
The Globe wishes no ill on the governor, and hopes that his health is in tact and these are just rumors. However, he is the Governor of California and his absence has been acutely noticed, even on the national level.
It is surprising that Gov. Newsom’s press office and Dee Dee Myers, appointed to serve as Senior Advisor to the Governor, don’t have better crisis control measures in place, and have been silent in the face of many news articles questioning his whereabouts. Myers was White House Press Secretary during President Bill Clinton’s first term, and is no stranger to crises.
Sunday evening, Sacramento Bee reporter Sophia Bollag posted this on Twitter: “Gavin Newsom’s office has refused to say what ‘family obligations’ caused him to cancel his trip to the big UN climate change conference in Scotland. Seems like that’s what his wife, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, is referencing here.”
Something is off with the governor, and the state deserves a reply from his press office or Senior Advisor to the Governor Dee Dee Myers. Newsom pulled a previous disappearing act when Mayor of San Francisco, sneaking off to Hawaii. The San Francisco Examiner reported:
“It is hard not to recall the controversy surrounding Newsom’s last trip to Hawaii, when he faced fire for taking off without telling the public or many of his staffers.”
“The trip led to a whirlwind of negative press coverage for the mayor, particularly since he refused to talk with reporters for a period when he returned. The mayor had been especially sensitive about topics such as his Oct. 30 departure from the governor’s race and the Hawaii trip.”
The Globe received a reply from the Governor’s press secretary Daniel Lopez, just before 6:00pm Monday evening:
“Last week Governor Newsom worked in the Capitol with staff on urgent issues including COVID-19 vaccines for kids, boosters, ports, the forthcoming state budget and California’s continued economic recovery. He will have public events this week related to the economy and vaccines.”
Also, the Governor had no adverse reaction to his booster shot.
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