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Denver Mayor Hancock flies to see family for Thanksgiving immediately after warning not to travel

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DENVER, Colo. (KRDO) -- According to 9News, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock flew to Houston, Texas on Wednesday to see family immediately after telling people to only spend Thanksgiving with their own household.

At 4:15 p.m. Hancock released a statement apologizing to the residents of Denver.

I fully acknowledge that I have urged everyone to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel. I have shared how my family cancelled our plans for our traditional multi-household Thanksgiving celebration. What I did not share, but should have, is that my wife and my daughter have been in Mississippi, where my daughter recently took a job. As the holiday approached, I decided it would be safer for me to travel to see them than to have two family members travel back to Denver.

I recognize that my decision has disappointed many who believe it would have been better to spend Thanksgiving alone.  As a public official, whose conduct is rightly scrutinized for the message it sends to others, I apologize to the residents of Denver who see my decision as conflicting with the guidance to stay at home for all but essential travel. I made my decision as a husband and father, and for those who are angry and disappointed, I humbly ask you to forgive decisions that are borne of my heart and not my head.

Mayor Michael B. Hancock

His spokeswoman confirmed to 9News that Hancock flew to visit his daughter in Mississippi around 9 a.m. Wednesday.

"As he has shared, the Mayor is not hosting his traditional large family dinner this year, but instead traveling alone to join his wife and daughter where the three of them will celebrate Thanksgiving at her residence instead of having them travel back to Denver," a statement from the mayor's spokesperson reads. "Upon return, he will follow all necessary health and safety guidance and quarantine." 

About a half hour before the plane took off, Hancock posted a Tweet encouraging people to host virtual gatherings and avoid traveling.

An email from Hancock's assistant obtained by 9News said the mayor will be out of the office until Friday.

During a news conference Wednesday, Governor Polis said he didn't know Hancock had plans to travel.

Tuesday, Governor Polis gave an update on the current COVID-19 situation in Colorado. Polis said the latest statistics show that 1 out of every 41 Coloradans has the virus.

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Shelby Filangi



  1. You mean to tell this guy has a family he loves and wants to be with?!?!?!?!? OH THE HUMANITY!!!!!! KRDO needs to STFU.

    1. He and his family may share Covid, and cause it to be the last Thanksgiving they ever spend together.

      1. @ reality …I seriously doubt that….this isnt as bad as it has been before and isnt likely to get any worse than it is right now. fact is people are over-reacting on a major scale.

        1. We’ll find out just how much people are overreacting when the infection and death figures related to the Thanksgiving holiday eventually come out.

    2. Not the issue. The issue is that he did so immediately after telling everyone else that they shouldn’t.

          1. How so? He is directing people to stay home and not travel. Then, he immediately does the exact opposite. Hypocrisy at the least.

          2. Good thing he doesn’t have to be held to a PRESIDENTIAL STANDARD. Apparently people don’t have to listen to the Mayor. You want to stop travel, SHUT DOWN THE AIRPORTS/TRAINS, and Busses, then the highways. Biden will do it once he gets into office anyway (WORDS OUT OF HIS OWN MOUTH).

  2. What a surprise a democrat who tell you one thing and does another. this is why we need republicans. people just do as you wish have a great thanksgiving and enjoy life

    1. There are bad apples in every barrel, Democrat or Republican. He’s obviously one of the bad Democratic ones.

  3. Do as I say not as I do dems pull this crap all the time. Im surprised krdo actually reported this.

    1. KRDO typically reports facts. It’s your distorted view that makes it seem otherwise to you.

        1. @hasenpfeffer Yes indeed wake up and realize that neither party is worthy of your support unless you endorse bickering children that act like they never left high school.

  4. Typical Democrat liberal hypocrite who relegates the public to one standard and demands another for himself. People you need to wake up and see what is in front of your face. Regardless of what party you claim to be, this guy and his BS should not stand.

      1. What exactly am I falling for? Facts are facts. I cant help it you are a lemming and are indoctrinated in this socialist BS. You will give a pass to your supreme leaders just like the Chinese and Venezuelans do. Not that either of them have a choice but you cant think or work for yourself and require the government to supply you with everything until there is no supply left. Good luck with your venture into the fanasty land of socialism.

  5. I would like to see the pictures of his Thanksgiving party and see if it was like Gavin’s California outdoor, social distancing party.

  6. I don’t think it’s a political thing Trump and his people said all kinds of covid guidance and didn’t follow any of it so they got Covid idiots is a better call

    1. @ mikecolorado that’s just it these people are unable to see past the petty bickering and infighting their so called party has started they don’t understand that it is meant to divide us, keep us unbalanced so we couldn’t do anything about them if we tried. Gotta recognize the B.S. and then we can effect real change…….here riddle me this: Name the one law making government body that HAS NOT had major change in the last 30 yrs….can you?

  7. This is another example of the Plutocracy we live within, Corporate America. Our politicians do what they want, even when its illegal, or at least it would be if they were not wealthy. But they make up the rules, the rules that took away our American rights and sold them to the highest bidders. It’s a disgrace especially when one makes an announcement telling his constituents to follow his guidelines of not going to relatives over the holidays, then he knowingly made the conscientious decision to do it himself, then he showed his intent of knowingly violating the orders he just put out and gave the excuse, of “I made my decision as a husband and father, and for those who are angry and disappointed, I humbly ask you to forgive decisions that are borne of my heart and not my head.”

    I’m sorry? Are you the only one? Or were you just more important than everyone you just told them not to because, as you stated, you are “a public official”.

    Our government officials are a disgrace and this pandemic would be more easily managed and maintained if the same parties making the rules followed their same rules.

    In this case I do understand the animosity coming from the Republicans in this instance. They don’t agree to follow the rules so they are just blatantly not doing it.

    Whereas the Democrats are just attempting to be sneaky and saying follow the orders and then keep getting caught violating their own orders.

    Both parties are wrong and both parties are flawed, as neither work for The People anymore.

    United we Stand, Divided we Fall!

    1. KRDO, thank you for providing the news about this topic. Now why don’t you cover the other side of the coin and discuss Congresswomen Boebert’s “Funeral Service” for her Thanksgiving Turkey. All so she can legally increase her guest list from 10 to 30. Bet CDPHE will not respond or react to her decisions.

      So the Republicans can see that both sides do this, not one more than the other.

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