This is Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. By now you may recognize him because he’s been in the national news this week. Why? Because after nine months of cautioning us about Covid-19 and just 30 minutes after tweeting that we should stay home and not travel for Thanksgiving, he hopped a plane to join his wife and daughter in Mississippi for the holiday.
He said that after careful consideration, he decided it was safer for him to travel to Mississippi than to have his wife and daughter travel to Denver. But there was a third and even safer option, according to his own admonitions to the rest of us — nobody travel.
I was furious when I heard about it, and I’m still fuming. I live less than two miles from my son and grandchildren — and with one exception, I haven’t been with them since March. Hancock said he followed his heart rather than his head. Really? The rest of us don’t have hearts? The rest of us didn’t want to be with our families? The rest of us should wait for next year? At 77, I’m pretty sure I don’t have as many “next years” as he does.
His apology after the fact was meaningless. He had plenty of time beforehand to consider and reconsider his decision, but he had booked his flight a month earlier and traveled anyway. He said he didn’t want to disappoint his daughter, but she told him after he arrived that she would have understood if he hadn’t come, given the circumstances. Apparently she has a greater sense of responsibility than he does.
His current term as mayor runs until mid-2023. Too bad. Time for many more bad decisions. But now he’s quarantining and working from home for 14 days, so I guess that makes everything okay.