Gov. Ron DeSantis: Newsom’s “Obsession” with Florida Tied to In-Laws’ Move
During an interview on the Mark Levin Show, Gov. Ron DeSantis shared his theory on why Gov. Gavin Newsom seems fixated on Florida. According to DeSantis, part of Newsom’s “obsession” stems from the fact that his in-laws relocated from California to the Sunshine State.
“I think part of his obsession with Florida stems from the fact that his in-laws actually moved from California to Florida during our administration, and they left during his administration,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis revealed that he had the opportunity to meet one of Newsom’s in-laws during a fundraiser for his own gubernatorial campaign last year.
“I was campaigning for reelection last year, so it was sometime probably in 2020, and I’m doing an event — it was actually a fundraiser — they’re going around the table, and his father-in-law introduced himself, and he said, ‘my son-in-law is the California governor.’ So his in-laws moved to Florida, they are proud Florida residents, and they were supporters of mine,” DeSantis said.
Records show that the parents of Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel, donated $5,000 to the Friends of Ron DeSantis PAC in 2022. Kenneth and Judith Siebel had relocated from California to Florida, as reported by Fox News in September 2022.
DeSantis also highlighted the decline in California’s population under Newsom’s leadership.
“They never lost population for their entire history as a state until he became governor. And now they’ve hemorrhaged wealth, they’ve hemorrhaged population, and this is something that has never happened,” DeSantis said.
According to state data, California’s population has decreased for three consecutive years. As of January 1, 2022, the population was 39,078,674, but a year later, it had dropped to 38,940,231, representing a net loss of 138,443 people or 0.4%. Since 2020, the population has decreased by 597,992 people.
DeSantis and Newsom have been engaged in a war of words, with Newsom predicting that DeSantis will be overshadowed by former President Donald Trump in the Republican presidential primary.
“He’s taking his eye off the ball,” Newsom told the Associated Press earlier this week. “And that’s not inconsistent with my own assessment of him, which is he is a weak candidate, and he is undisciplined and will be crushed by Donald Trump, and will soon be in third or fourth in national polls.”
Currently, DeSantis is in second place in the GOP presidential primary, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average. However, recent polls suggest that former President Donald Trump’s lead may be slipping.
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