Governor Newsom Called Governor Abbott Dumb as He Flies into Texas Today

Tom Handy

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California Governor Gavin Newsom is flying into Texas on Saturday since he seems to believe he will win his re-election with ease. The governor has money to spend, so he is using the money flying into Texas to share his views mainly targeting Governor Greg Abbott.

Governor Newsom is flying into Austin and will speak at the Texas Tribune Festival Saturday afternoon at 3:30 Central Time in a program called “One on One with Gavin Newsom”.

The event description reads “on what the nation's most populous state can teach the other 49 — including (Texas).”

The Texas Tribune Festival started on Thursday and ends on Saturday. The event featured Democratic and Republican lawmakers from across the country.

Governor Newsom has spent money on billboards in seven anti-abortion states including Texas to raise awareness about California’s abortion laws for in and out-of-state residents.

“Our donors are asking for more of that,” Newsom told reporters last week when asked if his attention on other states signaled he wasn't taking his reelection campaign seriously. “The people in the state of California are asking for more leadership in this space.”

Newsom also spent money on billboards for Florida residents to come to California over the education and abortion policies of Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.

Governor Newsom mentioned Governor Greg Abbott and other Republican governors were:

“as dumb as they want to (be).”

Governor Newsom is stepping in as President Biden chooses not to focus on the Republican governors.

Eric Schickler, co-director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California-Berkeley said:

“(Biden) is less out there in a lot of ways than many presidents have been. It creates a kind of vacuum where ambitious Democrats who want to be in the national conversation have that kind of space to maybe say things they want Biden to say that he doesn't feel is either appropriate as president to say or just not his style to do.”

This could indirectly help challenger O’Rourke

With Governor Newsom targeting Governor Abbott in Texas as he has in the past, this could help Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke.

Kenneth Grasso, a political science professor at Texas State University said:

“If you stress that they're right-wingers, you call them extremists, using that kind of language, all you are going to do is enhance their popularity in their own base.”

Texas Democratic Party chair Gilberto Hinojosa said of Newsom:

“I like this guy. I like the way he's showing the contrast between what y'all do in California and what the narrow-minded, extremist positions that occur here in the state of Texas.”

What do you think about Governor Newsom coming to Texas?

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