Across the country, curfews are being implemented, stricter limitations on businesses are being rolled out, and travel restrictions are back into effect, but an odd phenomenon is growing by the day: Elected officials are caught not abiding by the rules they set for us.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler had a rough week after a local outlet reported that he recorded a message telling residents of Austin to stay home while at his timeshare in Cabo, which he traveled to with friends on a private jet.

Michael Hancock, Denver’s mayor, had to apologize after he issued a statement to residents warning them against traveling for Thanksgiving. The problem? He did this from the airport as he was traveling to Mississippi for Thanksgiving with his extended family.

We heard about California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s trip to the French Laundry for a dinner party, but now we know that the next day, San Francisco Mayor London Breed visited the same Michelin star restaurant to celebrate a friend’s 60th birthday.

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Browser violated her administration’s rules by traveling to Delaware to celebrate and congratulate Joe Biden. And San Jose’s mayor, Sam Liccardo, came under fire for attending a Thanksgiving dinner with seven different families.

What is it about elected officials thinking they are above the laws they set for us?

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Charles Blain

Charles Blain is the president of Urban Reform and Urban Reform Institute. A native of New Jersey, he is based in Houston and writes on municipal finance and other urban issues.