California lawmakers are defending traveling to a luxury resort in Hawaii for a conference this week, as the country continues to struggle with a new wave of COVID-19 infections.
More than half a dozen politicians from the Golden State are attending the four-day conference, which began Monday, even after Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday warned against out-of-state travel and urged quarantining if anyone did so, the Los Angeles Times reported.
At least four GOP lawmakers — Assembly members Jordan Cunningham, Heath Flora and Frank Bigelow and state Sen. Andreas Borgeas — defended their tropical jaunt to the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui as falling in line with their views of reopening the economy during the public health crisis, according to Politico.
“This event promotes intelligent public policy in our state,” Cunningham told the site in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “In fact, we are here discussing ways we can safely reopen our society and save our small businesses, workers, and