Ron DeSantis heading to the Golden State amid Gavin Newsom feud

deSantis AP photo (Medium)
Florida's Governor is making a fundraising swing.

Ron DeSantis is taking a page out of the books of golden age rappers LL Cool J and Notorious B.I.G. and is “going back to Cali.”

The Florida Governor is bound for the Golden State Monday, reports KABC.

“The Republican presidential candidate will attend several fundraising events, including a breakfast in Sacramento where a seat at a table is said to cost ($3,300).”

DeSantis has baited California in his culture war offensive, recently using Florida taxpayer dollars to fly undocumented immigrants from Texas to Sacramento. There’s no telling if he will address them during his visit to the city.

The West Coast visit comes amid a spirited back-and-forth between DeSantis and California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

DeSantis told reporters in Fort Pierce on Thursday Newsom should “stop pussyfooting around” and challenge the incumbent President, fellow Democrat Joe Biden.

“What I would tell him is, you know what? Stop pussyfooting around. Are you going to throw your hat in the ring and challenge Joe? Are you going to get in and do it, or are you just going to sit on the sidelines and chirp? So why don’t you throw your hat in the ring and then we’ll go ahead and talk about what’s happening,” DeSantis said.

His comments were in response to a challenge issued by Newsom during an interview with Sean Hannity that aired Monday. Newsom claimed he would do a three-hour debate with DeSantis with the Fox News perennial host, on “one day’s notice with no notes.” DeSantis hasn’t taken debate bait, however.

While DeSantis is fundraising in California, polling is going Donald Trump’s way.

A new Emerson College Poll of California Republicans is the worst yet for the Florida Governor. DeSantis trails Trump in the 2024 Presidential Primary race, 53% to 19%.

DeSantis appears to be facing competition for second place, meanwhile, as 10% of those polled back former Vice President Mike Pence, who just entered the race this month.

The Emerson College poll is the second recent survey to find Trump with majority support.

A recent Public Policy Institute of California survey, conducted May 17-24, shows the former President with 50% support, way ahead of DeSantis at 21%.

The latest Berkeley Institute of Government Studies survey shows Trump ahead of DeSantis in a crowded field, 44% to 26%, reflecting a 26-point movement toward the former President at DeSantis’ expense in recent months. In February, DeSantis was up 37% to 29%.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


25 comments

  • Impeach Biden

    June 16, 2023 at 12:28 pm

    Kalifornia was once a beautiful state. It’s now a socialist wasteland. People and companies are leaving high taxes and over regulation. Kalifornia just lost a Congressional seat because of the population exodus. Somehow the “metrosexual” Newsom will try and run on this failed record of his. Of course the liberal media will protect him / her just like they do Biden. Meanwhile in Florida with low taxes, a population boom and outstanding infrastructure, that same liberal press goes after our fine Governor.

    • George J Kamburoff

      June 16, 2023 at 2:41 pm

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    • George J Kamburoff

      June 16, 2023 at 2:42 pm

      What books are you allowed to read?
      If they make you “feel bad” can you sue them?

  • George J Kamburoff

    June 16, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    Send him here. We will rub is nose in the fact his Florida is a mouse economically. Without Disney, there would be no employment there except for bug exterminators.

    • Impeach Biden

      June 16, 2023 at 12:38 pm

      Have you seen all the construction going on down the street from “Woke” Disney? Epic Universe is full speed ahead. Who needs Disney?

  • Impeach Biden

    June 16, 2023 at 12:36 pm

    I’ll try this again as this board continues to scrub messages. Kalifornia use to be a beautiful state. It is now a dump as people and companies flee high taxes and regulation. Now of course the “metrosexual” Governor will spin it that everything is fine in Kalifornia. Of course the liberal press will protect him / her like they protect the incompetent Joe Biden. Meanwhile in Florida with low unemployment, excellent infrastructure, companies and people flocking in those same press folks attack our fine Governor.

    • Silly Wabbit

      June 16, 2023 at 12:37 pm

      You kwazy.

      • Impeach Biden

        June 16, 2023 at 12:40 pm

        Am I? Kalifornia just lost a Congressional seat. What does that tell you about the population. Been to San Francisco lately? Once a beautiful city now a dump. Thanks Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the incompetent Democrats out there.

        • Bert Stimson

          June 16, 2023 at 3:05 pm

          You dumb. Seriously, yet another a braindead GQP parrot. Thanks Fox News and the rest of the deluded Republicans out there.

  • TJC

    June 16, 2023 at 12:36 pm

    Once he’s in California, maybe that state will fly DeSantis to Mexico, dump him there.

    • Impeach Biden

      June 16, 2023 at 12:41 pm

      No need to take him to Mexico. Biden has removed the Southern Border.

      • Silly Wabbit

        June 16, 2023 at 1:41 pm

        You kwazy.

  • PeterH

    June 16, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    It’s easy to grift in the sixth largest economy on planet earth. There are hundreds of thousands of millionaires who live in California….. and some of them have disposable income to flush down the toilet on America’s second worst candidate. Maybe Musk will meet up with DeSantis in California! DeSantis’s primary plants are still in the State.

    • Don’t Speak Of Things You’re Not Up On

      June 16, 2023 at 3:30 pm

      It’s nothing near 6th largest economy…

      WalMart itself spends more than Florida and generatesway way more, let alone Germany, Japan, France, China, India, gosh Florida is a pimple in finance.

      • PeterH

        June 16, 2023 at 6:01 pm

        My comment refers to our grifter Governor heading for a fundraiser in the sixth largest economy on planet earth CALIFORNIA.

        You’re correct about Florida however…… Our State is the third largest recipient of federal funding from the USA treasury.

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  • M. Mouse

    June 16, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    Insider information: DeSantis is going to California because there’s a job opening at Disney Land, and he’s a shoe-in to be their next Goofy. Squeak!

  • A Random Guest

    June 16, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    Hope the authorities arrest Rhonda “Meatball” Santis for human trafficking. He’ll have to trade in his white Go-Go boots for prison grade slides.

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    June 16, 2023 at 2:12 pm

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  • Impeach Biden

    June 16, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Gavin Newsom is HOT though!
    I want him to lick my feet. I want to feel his tongue between my toes. 😊

    • Impeach Biden

      June 16, 2023 at 3:00 pm

      Hey Impeach imposter, I bet that metrosexual gets pedicures and manicures. Dude’s probably can’t change a tire on his car. Manual labor for him is polishing his veneers. What a PB.

  • Impeach Biden

    June 16, 2023 at 10:45 pm

    So all of you Democrats tout the fifth largest economy in the world out at Kalifornia despite the fact that people and companies are leaving. The state just lost a Congressional Seat due to a population exodus. So have you angry Floridian’s considered moving out there? You should. I just saw that homicides are up over 40% in Los Angeles and nearly the same number in San Francisco. Do it. Move out there my angry Floridian’s. Plenty of replacements here to take your spot. Let us know how the cost of living, taxes, insurance, and reparations go out there.

  • Michael K

    June 16, 2023 at 11:02 pm

    I met Mr Newsom when he was Mayor of SF. He’s incredibly handsome (as many men have noted), intelligent, well-spoken, thoughtful, engaging, and very inclusive. Quite the contrast to the always angry and bitter Mr DeathSentence, who carries a huge chip, has no humor, and no grace. Ron might learn a thing or twelve from Mr. Newsom, beginning with manners.

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