Deja Vu all Over Again: Gavin Newsom is running ads in Texas


First, California Governor Gavin Newsom ran TV ads in Florida. Now, he is placing printed advertisements in Texas newspapers. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis beat him for his ads in Florida’s Sunshine State. It’s not clear what he hopes to accomplish in Texas, the Lone Star State.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz quickly weighed in:

It is understandable Newsom would like to advertise in Texas considering the many Californians that have fled their state for Texas.

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 22, 2022

According to Deadline, the “Gavin for Governor” campaign is running ads in three Texas newspapers–the Austin American-Statesman, the Houston Chronicle, and the El Paso Times–slamming Texas Governor Greg Abbott on guns and abortion. His message is not going to be appreciated by many Texans, I feel. Note that Donald Trump carried the state 52 to 46 percent in the 2020 presidential election.

In a single ad, Abbott’s words as he signed the Texas anti-abortion bill last year have been changed to

“Our creator endowed us with the right to life. Yet, every year abortion results in children losing their right to live. We work in Texas to save lives .”

In Newsom’s advertisement, however, “abortion” is replaced by “gun violence”, and “Texas” is replaced with “California.” The quote is thus:

” Our creator gave us the right to live. Gun violence causes children to lose their right of life each year. In California, we work to save those lives.”

How bizarre that a California governor would brag about the gun violence issue–in 2019 an average of 8 people died from gunshots every single day in the state. Two hundred and thirty-five of those deaths were kids and young adults under the age of 19.

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The ad promotes California’s S.B. 1327, a new gun measure that mirrors Texas’ abortion law in that it allows private citizens to sue other citizens. Citizens can sue providers of abortion in Texas; California allows citizens to sue for ghost guns. “Ghost guns are unserialized and untraceable firearms that can be bought online and assembled at home,” according to Bradyunited.

Here is the latest ad Gavin Newsom has run in Texas.

— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) July 22, 2022

The only real conclusion one can take from Newsom’s assaults on red state governors is that he’s waiting for Joe Biden to bow out of the 2024 presidential race and that he sees himself as our next president. This would be delusional considering California’s high levels of crime, exorbitant taxation and widespread homelessness. It’s not a good record. In fact, as Ted Cruz pointed out, California is seeing an exodus of residents–with many of them moving to Texas.

Kamala was the darling California politics. The press loved her and almost never asked her hard questions. She was completely unprepared to face the Washington, D.C. media, or for the rough and tumble world of politics.

If Newsom ran, I think he would suffer the same fate. Although he may enjoy a huge following in California, I think it is inexplicable that he would be so popular in other parts of the country.

I’ll end with this hilarious parody from the Republican National Committee of Newsom’s Florida advertisement. We hope that they will make an equally powerful one for Governor. Abbott.

“CALIFORNIA FREEDOM” – if we raise more than a 100k, we’ll put this on TV in California. Send Gavin Newsom a message from Florida and donate here:

— Trey Radel (@treyradel) July 6, 2022

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