As if California Governor Gavin Newsom breaking his own protocols for a dinner with friends at one of America’s most expensive restaurants wasn’t enough to send people into a rage over hypocrisy, now comes the news that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo plans on having his 89-year-old mother, Matilda, over for Thanksgiving. Mom lives in Manhattan and is expected to make the trip north to the governor’s mansion for the holiday.
“The story is, my mom is going to come up and two of my girls,” the governor told Albany, New York radio station WAMC. “But the plans change. But that’s my plan.”
Just last week, Cuomo told New Yorkers to think twice about hosting family gathering for the holiday. “My personal advice is you don’t have family gatherings — even for Thanksgiving,” he said during a media conference call. “I don’t want to endanger our families, endanger our friends,” he added.
Now Cuomo is expecting daughters Michaela, 22, and Cara, 25, to be at the family Thanksgiving, along with Grandma.
Cara’s twin sister, Mariah, is in Chicago, and Dad advised her to stay put and not come back.
My daughter isn't coming to Thanksgiving. She is out of state and it’s safer not to travel.
It's hard. But I can’t think of a better gesture of love than to say, I'm making the tough choice to keep you & our family safe.
We may be physically apart but we’re spiritually together
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 23, 2020
“We go through all the logic, and we decide she’s not going to come home for Thanksgiving. And then she starts to cry, and she said, ‘I feel so bad … I was looking forward to seeing you, and I can’t get there,’” Cuomo recalled.
“Those of you who have children know when your child cries, it kills you. You feel pain worse than they feel pain,” he said.
Word quickly spread Monday about the governor’s quick change in opinion on having a family Thanksgiving event.
“Governor Cuomo definitely deserves an award for best actor in the fictional story lines that he’s created, declaring himself a great leader,” said Nick Langworthy, the Republican Party chairman in New York.
Cuomo has had a busy holiday week. Monday morning, he accepted a Founders Award from the Emmys for his “effective use of television during the pandemic.”