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California Gov. Newsom Donates $100K to DeSantis Opponent Crist

California Gov. Newsom Donates $100K to DeSantis Opponent Crist

“DeSantis lives rent free in that space between Newsom’s ears.”

A few weeks ago, California Governor Gavin Newsom was mocked and derided for running an ad in Florida attacking its governor, Ron DeSantis.

Apparently, Newsom remains more interested in Florida than California.  He donated a nice chunk of change to DeSantis’ opponent in the upcoming gubernatorial race.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Thursday announced a $100,000 donation to the campaign of Rep. Charlie Crist, who earlier this week secured the Democratic nomination to take on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in November’s general election.

“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?” Newsom tweeted.

Crist on Tuesday won Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial primary to take on DeSantis, who is seeking a second term. The Cook Political Report rates the race “likely Republican,” meaning the election analysis site predicts DeSantis is likely to win reelection.

DeSantis recently said that White House covid advisor Dr. Antony Fauci should be “chucked across the Potomac” in the wake of the numerous pandemic policy failures. Newsom is using that statement to morally justify the donation.

“I don’t like bullies. I don’t like people that demean people. I don’t like people to talk down to people,” Newsom said.

The Democratic governor also spoke out about DeSantis’ comment about Dr. Anthony Fauci when the Florida governor said “Someone needs to grab that little elf and chuck him across the Potomac.”

“I didn’t like what DeSantis said about Fauci the other day,” Newsom said. “He may disagree with him, but to call someone pejorative terms because they’re short — I mean, who the hell raised these guys? What kind of people are they?

Meanwhile, a little closer to home, California saw an uptick in violent crime over the past year during Newsom’s time in office, including an increase in homicides.

The figures are part of the California Criminal Justice Statistical Report released by state Attorney General Rob Bonta.

“While crime rates remain significantly below their historical highs, property and violent crimes continue to have devastating consequences for communities across the state,” he said in a statement. “Gun violence in particular remains a consistent and growing threat.”

According to the data, California saw a 7.2% increase in homicides 2,202 in 2020 to 2,361 in 2021. The latest figure is far from the state’s historical high of 4,095 murders in 1993. Around three-quarters of the killings involved a firearm, Bonta’s office said.

The backlash against Newsom as the result of this stunt is priceless.

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Comments

What ever happened to campaign contribution limits?

    Milhouse in reply to geronl. | August 30, 2022 at 10:39 am

    He can’t give more than $3000 directly to Crist’s campaign. But he can give anything he likes to the FL Democrat Party, which can give up to $250K to the Crist campaign. He can also give anything he likes to some other entity, not affiliated with the Crist campaign, that will be campaigning for Crist.

    BLSinSC in reply to geronl. | August 31, 2022 at 11:56 am

    WHY should anyone in CA be ALLOWED to contribute to a FLORIDA race? I have proposed a NEW LAW that restricts “donations” to ONLY RESIDENTS of the OFFICE in question! Let’s put “politicians” back on the STREETS knocking on doors for votes rather than BEING BOUGHT by special interests!!

“I didn’t like what DeSantis said about Fauci the other day,” Newsom said. “He may disagree with him, but to call someone pejorative terms because they’re short — I mean, who the hell raised these guys? What kind of people are they?

OK, he has a small point here. A very small point. Almost as small as Fauci.

DeSantis needs to use that ASAP in ads, speeches and when speaking with reporters. Nothing works better than poignant mockery.

“DeSantis lives rent free in that space between Newsom’s ears.”

Spacious digs.

Let’s hope he continues to shed himself of hundreds of millions backing such hopeless candidates.

The Gentle Grizzly | August 30, 2022 at 11:22 am

The word “grudge” comes to mind.

(What are Crist’s prospects?)

    healthguyfsu in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | August 30, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    Lazy analysis:

    He’s held the office before (historical plus)

    He ran as a Republican and proceeded to piss off nearly every voter so much so that he switched to being a Democrat (historical minus)

    Toss up?

taurus the judge | August 30, 2022 at 12:13 pm

Makes me wonder what the real game going on here is.

    healthguyfsu in reply to taurus the judge. | August 30, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    Just your usual grift.

    Crist was on CNN (saw at gym…Fox News TV was conspicuously “out of order”) the other day claiming that Biden is doing a great job and that he has the right to speak “how he feels and what’s in his heart” when he calls millions of people semi-fascists.

    Trump shooting from the hip at any one person was “unpresidential”….these people and their only standards that see in double.

Not content to ruin California, now Newsome wants to ruin Florida too

California taxpayer money down the drain Crist is a loser.

BierceAmbrose | August 30, 2022 at 4:01 pm

In what way is (inter)nationalizing local elections “democratic”; it’s like the internationale never shut down.

It sounds like Newsom has sour grapes that DeSantis did a much better job than he did.