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According to Texas Monthly
On Wednesday, the Austin American-Statesman reported that, at the very moment Adler imparted his good advice, his decisions ran contrary to it: he was shooting the video from his vacation timeshare in Cabo, and he’d just attended his daughter’s wedding and reception with twenty guests at a hotel bar off of Austin’s famous South Congress strip. Adler’s family gathering and vacation quickly became national news. “Cabo” trended on Twitter after the report surfaced. Conservative politicians and pundits—who have long targeted Austin for its progressive reputation and the city’s actions on homelessness and police funding under Adler’s leadership—quickly pounced on the mayor.
Adler initially struck a defiant tone. When questioned by a KUT reporter, shortly after news broke, he insisted that “Not only did we not do anything wrong, we didn’t do anything that abrogated or violated the rules or regulations in the city or the conduct that we were expecting of others.” Hours later, his stance softened some. He issued a written apology, and Wednesday evening, on a video address with the emotional affect of a hostage video, he repeated he was regretful. When reached by Texas Monthly on Thursday morning, Adler wasn’t available for an interview, but his office sent a brief statement. “I regret this travel,” it read. “I wouldn’t travel now, didn’t over Thanksgiving and won’t over Christmas. But my fear is that this travel, even having happened during a safer period, could be used by some as justification for risky behavior. In hindsight, and even though it violated no order, it set a bad example for which I apologize.”