Newsom Attacks Red State Rival Again With Texas Newspaper Ads Calling Abbott

Raising the contrast, Newsom revealed the ads the very morning he planned to sign legislation allowing Californians to sue illegal gunmakers. The bill is directly modeled after a Texas bill allowing people to sue abortion providers, and Newsom framed it as a direct legal challenge to the conservative Supreme Court that allowed Texas law to to maintain.

While Newsom has strongly denied that he intends to run for president in 2024, the Florida and Texas spots have allowed him to jump into the national conversation at negligible cost. Newsom urged National Democrats to be more assertive as the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down abortion rights and issues other sweeping rulings.

The Texas spots cost around $30,000 — a tiny fraction of the more than $20 million Newsom has on hand for a re-election that is all but assured. As with the Florida spot, Newsom gave an exclusive preview of the Texas ads to a national publication in an effort to generate widespread coverage.

Biden has been adamant that he will seek another term. But if Biden decides to step down, Newsom’s path to the White House would likely be hampered by Vice President Kamala Harris, a fellow Californian who shares a Bay Area base with Newsom.

Newsom has spent the past week meeting with White House officials and senators in Washington, DC, where he lambasted Texas and Florida in a speech accepting an education award. He is due to mingle with other Los Angeles governors on Friday night for a Democratic Governors Association fundraiser.


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