Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is asking for forgiveness after coming under fire for his Thanksgiving holiday plans. Just hours after encouraging Denver residents to avoid Thanksgiving travel, the city’s mayor office confirmed he is flying to Mississippi to spend the holiday with his daughter and wife.
This is a perfect example of another Democratic member telling people to do as I say, not as I do. He had said in a statement that his family had canceled their traditional multi-household Thanksgiving celebration.
A local Denver TV station reported he traveled to Mississippi and that he had tweeted the guidance to stay home about 30 minutes before his flight to celebrate his holiday.
Mayor Hancock said he made the decision to head out of town because his wife and daughter are in Mississippi, where his daughter recently took a job. “As the holiday approached, I decided it would be safer for me to travel to see them than to have two family members travel back to Denver,” he said Wednesday.
“I recognize that my decision has disappointed many who believe it would have been better to spend Thanksgiving alone,” Hancock said. “As a public official, whose conduct is rightly scrutinized for the message it sends to others, I apologize to the residents of Denver who see my decision as conflicting with the guidance to stay at home for all but essential travel.”
Hancock added, “I made my decision as a husband and father, and for those who are angry and disappointed, I humbly ask you to forgive decisions that are born of my heart and not my head.
Hopefully, the disappointed and lied to Denver citizens will remember this at the voting booth in the future.