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In a Facebook video posted on Nov. 9, Austin Mayor Steve Adler asked residents to "stay home" as the local caseload increased.

Austin is in the national—and even international—spotlight as usual, but this time for less-envious reasons.


Mayor Steve Adler told Austinites to "stay home" Nov. 9 while filming from a timeshare in Mexico not long after a small wedding ceremony in Austin. The contradiction was first reported by Tony Plohetski of KVUE and the Austin American-Statesman, resulting in strong negative reactions from Austin residents and attention from U.S. and global news outlets.

In much of the news coverage, including in Business Insider and VICE, Adler is listed among other politicians who stressed safety but bucked their own recommendations. The unflattering company includes national figures such as California Gov. Gavin Newsom (lobbyist birthday party), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (maskless event in Georgia) and House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (salon visit).

Several mayors are also caught up in related scandals, including San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who attended a party at the same Napa Valley restaurant as Newsom one night later. Additionally, San Jose Mayor San Liccardo attended a big thanksgiving family event after insisting others do the opposite. Even Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had to defend her own salon visit similar to Pelosi.

But perhaps the most similar scenario comes from Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who flew to Mississippi right after telling his constituents to stay home for Thanksgiving.

The national coverage of Adler is made worse by his initial insistence that he did not "do anything wrong," as he initially told KUT, only to issue an apology hours later. By then, the damage was already done as the story gained so much traction that "Cabo" was even trending on Twitter, according to the Statesman, based on the Cabo San Lucas location of Adler's timeshare.

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