Good morning and welcome to Fox News First. Here’s what you need to know as you start your day …California Republicans rip Newsom for hypocritical highbrow dining excursionGov. Gavin Newsom’s extravagant lunch at one of California Wine Country’s most exclusive fine-dining establishments has drawn a storm of criticism – and it could wind up costing him more than just the tab.
“He’s the one telling people to change their Thanksgiving plans – yet he himself is gathering privately at an expensive restaurant that many Californians can’t afford,” Republican state Assemblyman James Gallagher told Fox News on Wednesday night.
The French Laundry, which offers meals that begin at $350 a plate, hosted Newsom, his wife, and others for a boujie birthday brunch honoring Jason Kinney, a lobbyist and friend of the governor.
Also in attendance: the CEO of the California Medical Association – who, like Newsom, should know a thing or two about that state’s COVID-19 guidelines – and that organization’s top lobbyist.
Newsom recently urged Golden State residents to pop their masks on between bites while eating out. But a diner at another table photographed him at the swanky restaurant without a mask, then sent the photos to FOX 11 in Los Angeles. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY.
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Cuomo snaps at reporters who asked if NYC schools would remain open, Twitter blows upAndrew Cuomo got into a shouting match with reporters Wednesday while denying that New York City public schools would be shut down due to a spike in coronavirus cases — only for Mayor Bill De Blasio to announce the closures minutes later.
The exchange began when Wall Street Journal reporter Jimmy Vielkind pressed Cuomo about whether he would overrule any decision by city officials to close schools.
“What are you talking about? ‘You’re now going to override,’ we did it already! That’s the law!” Cuomo shouted. “An orange zone and a red zone, follow the facts!”
“I’m still confused,” Vielkind responded.
“Then you’re confused!” the Democrat shouted back.
“I’m confused and parents are still confused as well,” Vielkind asserted.
“No, they’re not confused. You’re confused,” Cuomo told the reporter. “Read the law and you won’t be confused.”
Another reporter asked point-blank if schools would be open “tomorrow,” to which Cuomo responded, “The schools are open by state law,” but the reporter called out the dodge and backed up Vielkind’s line of questioning. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.
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GOP members in Michigan’s Wayne County rescind votes to certify election, cite personal attacksMichigan’s Wayne County Board of Canvassers claimed in signed affidavits Wednesday that they were bullied into siding with Democrats and have now rescinded their votes to certify.
The two Republicans — Monica Palmer and William C. Hartmann — were involved in a brief deadlock in the county’s election certification process Tuesday before initially voting to certify.
Wayne County, which includes Detroit, is Michigan’s most populous county, with more than 1.7 million residents.
Both Republicans say they were called racists and subjected to threats for raising concerns about ballots that Democrats said were from predominately Black communities, Jenna Ellis, a lawyer for the Trump 2020 Campaign, told Fox News on Tuesday.
Hartmann said in the affidavit that he observed about 71% of Detroit’s 134 Absent Voter Counting Boards “were left unbalanced and many unexplained.”
He said he voiced his concerns and said if the votes did not match, there should have been some kind of explanation. Powell said she spotted the same discrepancy. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.
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SOME PARTING WORDS
Fox News’ Sean Hannity accused citizens who teleconferenced into a meeting of Michigan’s Wayne County Board of Canvassers this week of bullying and threatening two Republican members who initially refused to certify the county’s vote totals.
“[Those are] just a small example of the truly vile smears leveled against the two GOP members on the Wayne County board of canvassers, and unfortunately this kind of hysteria and vitriol is not unique to Detroit,” Hannity said.
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