@GavinNewsom Governor Newsom opts out of delivering the State of the State address and embarks on a California tour instead
Instead of delivering the traditional State of the State address, Governor Gavin Newsom plans to tour California to showcase his agenda. Political adviser Sean Clegg explains that the Governor wants to focus on the issues he will address rather than the formalities of a speech.
Riding high on political momentum after winning re-election and defeating a recall, Newsom's tour will cover various locations throughout California, starting with housing construction in Sacramento and ending with mental health policies in San Diego.
Although he delivered an inaugural speech in January, he has decided to take a different approach this month by engaging with communities directly impacted by the issues he aims to tackle. Newsom's dyslexia also makes reading speeches difficult, so he avoids using a teleprompter.
While Republicans criticize Newsom's decision to skip the State of the State address, his aides state that he prefers to engage with communities rather than lecture in front of legislators.