Florida citizens angry with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis were urged to pack their flip-flops and go west in an advertisement released on Monday by California Governor Gavin Newsom as part of a Golden State ground offensive.
In Florida, Newsom spent $105,000 on advertisements that started playing on Fox News, igniting speculation about a possible 2024 presidential bid, particularly if Joe Biden decides against running for re-election.
The commercials have raised the stakes in the nation’s most bitter gubernatorial contest.
Although DeSantis isn’t specifically mentioned in the 30-second ad, Newsom criticizes three of the Florida conservative’s most notable legislative achievements.
Standing in a beautifully groomed garden while wearing a white dress shirt, Newsom announces to the camera, “It’s Independence Day.” So let’s discuss what’s happening in America.
The advertisement then switches to a menacingly warped image of DeSantis and former president Donald Trump. DeSantis himself could run for president in 2024.
In your state, freedom is being attacked, claims Newsom. Republican officials are outlawing literature. making voting more challenging. limiting student voice in the classroom. even making doctors and women criminals.
The governor of California was making reference to Florida’s ban on teaching critical race theory in schools, its ban on teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity to kindergarten through fourth-graders, and its ban on 15-week abortions.
Over a picture of a beautiful California beach, Newsom appeals to Floridians to support him in his fight against the GOP and perhaps think about relocating there.
I implore every Florida resident to join the struggle, said Newsom. Or come live with us in California, where we still value freedom.
The supporters of DeSantis didn’t take long to retaliate.
A filthy quartet of images showing several Californian homeless encampments and a trash-covered beach were tweeted by Jeremy Redfern, a representative for the Florida Department of Health.
Should you be concerned about California, I ask? He composed.
Newsom’s attempted relocation drive was also made fun of during DeSantis’ reelection campaign.
In a statement, campaign spokesman Dave Abrams said that Gavin Newsom “may as well ignite a pile of money on fire.” “Pass the popcorn for his desperate attempt to woo back the refugees from California who escaped the hellhole he created in his state and came to Florida,” the waiter said.
In recent months, Newsom has stepped up his criticism of DeSantis and the GOP, presenting himself as a commander in the culture fight.
In March, while disparaging his outspoken way as theatre, Newsom stated of his Florida counterpart, “I do not look for inspiration from that specific governor.”
DeSantis has criticized Newsom and his leadership of California with equal vigor.
DeSantis stated on Fox News in March that “yes, there are many Californians that enjoy what we’re doing and are coming, but even the ones that posture against Florida often find their way here.”
Both men have denied rumors that they are running for president and are up for reelection as governors in November.
According to data released in May by the California Department of Finance, the state’s population decreased by 117,552 in 2021 after falling by a greater amount—182,083—in 2020. Florida’s population increased by 211,000 between July 2020 and July 2021, according to census data.