DENVER, CO—Mayor Michael Hancock came under fire last month when he hopped on a plane shortly after tweeting to urge his fellow Coloradans not to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday. He apologized and said he learned a from the experience.
In fact, Hancock held a press conference today to share his takeaways from the debacle and discuss Christmas plans. “I’ve really reflected on my choices over the last several weeks so I don’t make the same mistakes again,” Hancock acknowledged during the address.
As such, many expected Hancock to share that he would be staying put for the remainder of the year, but that was not the case. “I just want to let everyone know that I’m headed back down to Mississippi this week. But I’m doing things very differently. For example, I booked the red-eye and will be wearing a hat and scarf, so hopefully fewer people see me at the airport.”
The mayor continued, “To those of you who disapprove of my trip and believe it is hypocritical, I pre-apologize from the bottom of my heart for the way you’ll feel seeing me live it up with my family and friends on Christmas while you spend the holiday alone.”
During the Q&A portion of the press conference, Hancock was asked why he chose to share this information now. He explained that he lost valuable time with loved ones over Thanksgiving while he was busy preparing his apology after being caught. “I’ll be with a bunch of people on Christmas, so I figure if I can get my ‘sorry’ out of the way now, I’ll be able to maximize my time with everyone and I’ll be able to relax a little better on my flights too.”
Hancock concluded the press conference by reminding everyone to avoid all holiday travel and gatherings.