FLORIDA (FLV) – The in-laws of Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom reportedly donated to Gov. Ron DeSantis and made a break for Florida during the pandemic.
Newsom and DeSantis have been long-time critics of each other’s policies.
Fox News reports that the parents of Newsom’s wife, Kenneth Siebel and Judith Siebel, became Florida residents in 2020. They purchased a $3.3 million home in Naples in March, the report says.
“Gavin Newsom, I want to formally welcome your in-laws to my district in the beautiful, lower-taxed, safer, and freedom-loving city of Naples, Florida. If you ever come down for a visit, take notes about how you’re supposed to run a state,” said U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds said. “Gov. Ron DeSantis has the blueprint.”
The Siebel family trust contributed to the PAC associated with DeSantis earlier in 2022. The Friends of Ron DeSantis website shows Siebel Family Revocable Trust contributed $5,000 on April 6, 2022.
DeSantis has previously called San Francisco a “dumpster fire” when talking about Californians moving to Florida.
“They will not draw the connection between their leftists ideology and the destruction that’s all around them. So it is a problem because I do think there is a class of voters who would come to Florida and they would continue to vote the same way,” DeSantis has said.
Newsom and DeSantis are political rivals and have held a long-standing fued. DeSantis has criticized Newsom’s handling of the pandemic. Newsom closed businesses and issued various levels of mask and vaccine mandates.
The California Democrat also launched a campaign ad in Florida attacking DeSantis’ initiatives and asking Floridians to join him in California.
“I urge all of you living in Florida to join the fight or join us in California,” Newsom said. “Where we still believe in freedom.”
DeSantis’ re-election campaign has launched mugs for Californians that say “I heart CA, but I wish my governor was Ron DeSantis.”
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