With so many lawmakers making rules that they can’t or won’t even follow, it’s about time that they face the same consequences they impose on others when they break their own rules. Perhaps if this happened to California Governor Newsom, Michigan Governor Whitmer, and New York Governor Cuomo, they would ease up of their dictator-like tendencies and resume normalcy to their states.
Leave it to the great state of Texas to lead by example. A judge in Texas, Bill Gravell, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after he violated his stay-at-home order to attend his grandson’s birthday party.
“While I carry the heavy public burden of guiding the policies that best protect our citizens, I am also a husband, father and grandfather,” Gravell said in a statement, the Washington Examiner reported. “It was in this role that I visited my 5‑year-old grandson on his birthday. Pawpaw Bill made an error in judgement that County Judge Gravell deeply regrets.”
Gravell was caught on camera in April going to the birthday party in firefighting equipment from the county, which also resulted in the fire chief apologizing for providing the judge something he could “not provide everyone.”
The judge issued the stay-at-home order in March, which prohibited all public and private gatherings outside of a person’s household, closed nonessential businesses, and restricted residents from using public transit except to carry out essential activities. County residents faced jail time and fines for leaving their homes unless it was for essential business.