California Governor Gavin Newsom appears obsessed with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. And now we may know the reason for his compulsion.
Fox News is reporting today, “Not only did the in-laws of Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom give money to one of his biggest political foes; they fled from his state during the pandemic.”
“Kenneth F. Siebel Jr. and Judith A. Siebel, parents of Newsom’s wife Jennifer Siebel and longtime California residents, became Florida residents in 2020 after purchasing a $3.3 million Naples home in March of that year, records show. The Siebels appear to still have ownership of their California home in northern San Francisco suburb of Ross.”
A few days ago we discovered that Newsom’s in-laws also made a significant $5,000 contribution to Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on April 6, 2022.
Newsom has lobbed shots at DeSantis since the Florida Governor kept his state open during Covid, while Newsom not only locked down California businesses, schools and people in their homes, but still holds his emergency powers under his March 4, 2020 State of Emergency declaration – 940 days later.
In April, Newsom criticized DeSantis on Twitter for “punishing Disney over its opposition to Florida’s new law banning discussion of sexual orientation in early grades,” calling the action “authoritarian.” Gov. Newsom claimed “We protect free speech in California. Punishing businesses for speaking out against hatred is the move of an authoritarian regime.”
DeSantis responded in-kind: calling San Francisco a ‘dumpster fire’ and saying he doesn’t want Golden State businesses moving to Florida.
In June, Gov. Newsom purchased $105,000 of cable television ad buys in Florida to air on July 4th.
Newsom’s July 4th ad was bizarre: “It’s Independence Day, so let’s talk about what’s going on in America,” says Newsom in the ad. “Freedom is under attack in your state. Republican leaders are banning books, making it harder to vote, restricting speech in the classroom, even criminalizing women and doctors.”
“I urge all of you living in Florida to join the fight, or join us in California. 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.”
In August, Newsom pledged $100,000 to the campaign of former Republican Governor and current Democratic gubernatorial candidate of Florida Charlie Crist in the latest political maneuver against Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.
“Kenneth Siebel, an investment manager, is a longtime GOP donor, according to Federal Election Commission filings,” Fox News reported. “His most recent donations include contributions to the campaigns of Republicans Sens. Ron Johnson, Tom Cotton and Josh Hawley.”
The Newsom/Seibel family get-togethers must be awkward.