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Denver ethics board dismisses complaint over mayor’s Thanksgiving travel

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The Denver Board of Ethics voted on Wednesday to dismiss a complaint regarding Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s (D) travels over Thanksgiving. 

Although the board voted unanimously to dismiss the complaint, board chairman Joseph Michaels said the “board certainly does not condone that travel,” the Associated Press reported.

The Democratic mayor came under public scrutiny after he urged residents not to travel for Thanksgiving due to the coronavirus pandemic but then traveled to Mississippi to spend the holiday with his wife and daughter, a move many saw as hypocritical. 

His actions drew an ethics complaint but Michaels said the travels did not violate a specific section of the code of ethics.

“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,” Hancock said after his travels became public.

Health officials at the time were discouraging people from traveling over the holidays as they believed it would lead to more coronavirus cases.

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