In a desperate ploy to attract newcomers to a state that is hemorrhaging residents, California Gov. Gavin Newsom is running a political ad — in Florida.
The Democrat’s bizarre 30-second message urges Floridians upset over their state’s stands on LGBT issues, abortion, voting rights, and Critical Race Theory to call a moving truck. The ad flashes images of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump as he speaks.
Newsome bizarrely claims that Florida’s law banning grooming of children from kindergarten to third grade with inappropriate sexual themes is “restricting speech in classrooms.” The California governor slams the state for “banning books” — again, with inappropriate messaging aimed at kids.
“Join us in California,” he says in the ad, for “freedom from hate” and the “freedom to love.”
DeSantis’ critic and Democratic candidate for Florida governor Nikki Fried responded to Newsom’s strange ad by tweeting, “Thanks, but I’ve got him.”
For clarity, residents are already voting with their feet and moving trucks as Florida ranks second in U.S. population growth. The Census Bureau reports the Sunshine State under Gov. DeSantis trailed only Texas, another Republican stronghold, in increase from 2020 to 2021.
Further evidence of dissatisfaction with liberal leadership is on the other end of the numeric spectrum. Newsom’s California in the same time period lost the second-most residents nationally, trailing fellow Democratic bastion New York.
Numbers three and four were Illinois and Massachusetts, solidifying the national migration away from leftist regimes.
Newsom, who is running for reelection almost 3,000 miles away from Tallahassee, followed in the footsteps of New York City Mayor Eric Adams. He, of course, wallpapered Florida billboards with messages denouncing the state’s Parental Rights in Education law.
Adams urged disgruntled residents to move to his city and get away from a state that discourages grooming. What would the over/under be on Florida gaining more residents in 2022 than California and New York City combined?
DeSantis is widely believed to be considering a run for the 2024 GOP presidential nod, and Newsom may harbor similar ambitions with the Democrats. But California has enough issues at home without politicians in glass houses throwing stones across the nation at others.
Others, by the way, who are faring much better.