California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who survived a recall election last year and is currently seeking another term in office during the Golden State’s 2022 gubernatorial contest, announced that he is pledging $100,000 to support Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist’s bid to defeat incumbent GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis during the Sunshine State’s governor race.
“Time to make Ron DeSantis a one-term governor. I’m pledging $100k right now to @CharlieCrist. Who will join me in helping Charlie become the next Governor of Florida?” Newsom tweeted on Thursday.
“Great to have you on Team Crist, @GavinNewsom! I’ve said it all along, DeSantis isn’t just a Florida problem. He wants to be president and force his radical right-wing views on the country. When we beat him this November, that show is OVER,” Crist tweeted in response to Newsom’s post.
While DeSantis has not announced any plans to mount a presidential bid, the governor has become an enormously popular figure within conservative circles and many political watchers view him as someone who could eventually pursue a White House run.
Earlier this week, Crist won Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial primary contest, which means that he will face DeSantis during the general election later this year.
Crist previously served as Florida governor from early 2007 through early 2011 — he had been elected to that post as a Republican, but in 2010 he lost a U.S. Senate contest while running as an independent. He lost the state’s 2014 governor race while running as a Democrat.
Fresh off of his primary victory this week, Crist declared that he does not want the votes of DeSantis supporters. “Those who support the governor should stay with him and vote for him,” Crist said, adding emphatically, “I don’t want your vote.”
Christina Pushaw, who recently resigned from her job as the Florida governor’s press secretary and assumed the role of rapid response director for the DeSantis campaign, responded to Newsom’s post by commenting, “Who needs opposition research when your opponents are like this.” In another tweet she remarked, “Also so nice for Floridians that Charlie Crist said he doesn’t want our votes, but he wants Gavin Newsom’s money!”
Newsom previously ran an advertisement in Florida in which he claimed that freedom is under assault in the Sunshine State but that California is a bastion of freedom.