Democrats are desperate to defeat Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
It’s a top party priority.
And this Democrat rival made one promise that left Ron DeSantis scrambling.
California Governor Gavin Newsom continues to position himself to run for President in 2024 in the likely event that Joe Biden declines to seek a second term.
Newsom wants to build his reputation with the base by picking a fight with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Democrats view DeSantis as a top-tier threat in 2024 and many party leaders view defeating DeSantis in 2022 as the top objective, right after maintaining their majorities in Congress.
And Newsom sought to ingratiate himself with both the base and the party establishment by pledging to donate $100,000 to Desantis’ Democrat opponent Charlie Crist.
Time to make Ron DeSantis a one-term governor.
I'm pledging $100k right now to @CharlieCrist.
Who will join me in helping Charlie become the next Governor of Florida? https://t.co/YvpkkGKkOb
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 25, 2022
This is not the first time Newsom tried to pick a fight with DeSantis.
DeSantis built his star power on keeping Florida a free state.
As Governor, DeSantis banned vaccine and mask mandates.
DeSantis rejected lockdowns and fought for the rights of parents to have a say in their children’s education.
Newsom sought to smear DeSantis’ emphasis on freedom by running a commercial in Florida falsely claiming freedom in Florida was under attack.
“It’s Independence Day. Let’s talk about what’s going on in America. Freedom. It’s under attack in your state your Republican leaders, they’re banning books, making it harder to vote, restricting speech in classrooms, even criminalizing women and doctors,” Newsom claimed in the commercial.
“I urge all of you who live in Florida to join the fight, or join us in California, where we still believe in freedom, freedom of speech, freedom to choose, freedom from hate and the freedom to love,” Newsom continued. “Don’t let them take your freedom.”
Joe Biden continues to claim he is running for re-election.
All of Newsom’s actions indicate he does not believe that to be the case.
And Newsom is worried that if he runs against DeSantis, the election will turn into a referendum on who can protect freedom in America.
Newsom locked down schools for more than a year and forced children to wear masks.
As a result, kids suffered and lost a year of learning and social development.
Democrats fear that compare-and-contrast with Ron DeSantis.
That’s why Newsom is trying to generate support from grassroots and establishment Democrats by throwing his weight behind the effort to beat DeSantis.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.