California Gov. Gavin Newsom is vacationing in Montana despite his state’s ban on state-funded travel to the Treasure State.
Montana is among 22 states to which California, citing policies it deems discriminatory to LGBTQ people, has banned state-funded and state-sponsored travel.
Newsom’s office told Business Insider that state funds were not used for the governor’s trip, during which California’s chief executive planned to spend time with family. He plans to return to his office Monday.
“The travel ban applies to expending state funds,” Newsom Communications Director Erin Mellon told Insider. “The governor’s travel is not being paid for by the state. Connecting the two is irresponsible and falsely implies there is something untoward.”
CalMatters reported that it asked Anthony York, Newsom’s senior adviser for communications, if the state was paying for security while the governor remained in Montana.
“We don’t comment or provide details on the governor’s security,” York told CalMatters.
The Insider reported that Newsom, a Democrat, departed for Montana on Friday but did not initially announce where he was traveling.
The parents of Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, have a property in Montana, the outlet said. Continue reading at Newsmax.