Florida Republicans are amused by Governor Gavin Newsom’s TV ad telling Sunshine State residents they would be freer in California.
“Gavin Newsom might as well light a pile of cash on fire,” Dave Abrams, a spokesperson for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s reelection campaign, reportedly said. “Pass the popcorn for his desperate attempt to win back the California refugees who fled the hellhole he created in his state to come to Florida.
Newsom’s new political ad, set to begin airing in Florida on July 4, is seen as a sign the California Democrat is dipping his toe in the 2024 presidential waters. The Independence Day ad buy is Newsom’s first television spot for the general election, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
Team DeSantis noted almost 400,000 left California in 2021, many of whom ended up moving to Florida for less regulation and lower cost of living. They doubt voters will be impressed by the West Coast Democrat.
It’s Independence Day, so let’s talk about what’s going on in America,” Newsom remarks during his 30-second spot. “Freedom is under attack in your state. I urge all of you living 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.”
“Don’t let them take your freedom.”
“The people of Florida pay no mind to the pathetic smear campaigns from the Democrats and their allies in the corporate media,” Abrams responded. “We’re too busy enjoying the freedom Governor DeSantis has created in the Sunshine State.”
Democratic Party operatives may be throwing political spaghetti against the proverbial kitchen wall to see if anything sticks. Plummeting poll numbers for President Joe Biden have party members worried he would lose in a landslide, dragging down-ticket candidates with him.
“Gavin Newsom had to know that this would signal that people would interpret or misinterpret his actions as presidential campaign ambitions,” USF Political Science professor James Taylor Friday told NBC 4 Los Angeles.
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