Why California Gov. Gavin Newsom is running full-page ads in Texas


California State. Gavin Newsom It runs full-page ads in Texas newspapers on Fridays trolling the Republican government. Greg Abbott To highlight a new California gun law modeled on the restrictive Lone Star state Abortion Law.

Ads, which was first shared with NBC News, will be shown in the Austin American Statesman, the Houston Chronicle and the El Paso Times. They modified a quote from Abbott about the state’s abortion ban and promoting “California’s response to the corrupt Texas bill.”

If Texas can ban abortion and endanger lives, California can ban lethal weapons of war and save lives. If Governor Abbott really wants to protect the right to life, we urge him to follow California’s approach,” the announcement said.

This move is the latest example of Newsom’s entry into national politics afterwards Buying TV Ads in Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis knocks and denounces Democratic cowardice while in Washington last week.

It is also sure to fuel further speculation that the Democratic governor, who is expected to sail for re-election this fall, is laying the groundwork for a potential presidential run.

Newsom on Friday plans to sign the law law Project Similar to the Texas Abortion Act. It would allow ordinary citizens to sue people who manufacture or sell prohibited weapons, such as so-called ghost guns.

The Texas law, which passed before the Supreme Court invalidated Roe v. Wade, was the first such attempt to circumvent the constitutional right to abortion by making private citizens, not the state, the primary means of enforcing restrictions. The new legal approach allows individuals Sue abortion providers Or anyone helping to have an abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks during a campaign stop, in San Antonio, on February 17, 2022.Eric Gay profile / AP

Newsom, like the others, saw an opportunity To use the precedent set by Texas law to pursue Democratic policy goals, such as circumventing the Supreme Court the last decision That greatly expanded the right to carry firearms in public.

Critics view both Texas’ abortion restrictions and California’s new measure as encouraging “vigilance.” The ACLU opposed Newsom’s bill by warning that an ‘arms race’ could be “escalated…by making plans to seek prizes on politically sensitive issues.”

But in a phone interview with NBC News Thursday, Newsom said Democrats need to start playing hardball. “I think the Democrats have been playing a little too soft,” he said.

“It’s absolutely true that I’d rather follow, ‘When they go down, we go up,'” he said, referring to former first lady Michelle Obama’s favorite line, ‘but I also think we’ll totally miss a moment we’re in. the door is open. It is now fair play. The Supreme Court left the door open.”

He also said the California procedure was written in such a way that it “forces the Supreme Court to reconcile its decision” on Texas law, when it decided not to block law enforcement in December.

“There is no principled way for them to repeal this law and support the state of Texas,” Newsom said.

All this patriotic action has led many to question whether Newsom is actually aspiring to a national position.

The California Republican Party chairwoman said his trip to Washington to accept an educational award last week was in fact about “measuring curtains in the West Wing.”

Newsom, who has been on the national radar for years, dropped speculation and said he wanted President Joe Biden to run again in 2024.

“This has nothing to do with it in any way. Period. Dot. Add six or seven exclamation points,” he told NBC News.

However, he said he believed that the National Democrats were too slow to recognize the threat posed by the Republicans and too willing to let the other party pick issues and set the terms for political debate.

“This recall has really sharpened my understanding of things,” he said of the failed bid to remove him from office last year. “My focus has been raised and I’m deeply connected to what’s happening now in a way I wouldn’t have remembered if this recall hadn’t happened.”

His supporters were thrilled with his out-of-state activities, and he said that “advertisements pay themselves” with the additional contributions they generate, while noting that it was never the intention of his management.

Florida ads targeting DeSantis, another potential 2024 presidential candidate, cost about $100,000 while new Texas ads cost about $30,000 — a fraction of 23 million dollars He reported having a war fund in his campaign — and far less than the value of the media attention they’re earning.

Plus, he said, it beats issuing “another press release criticizing Manchin and Cinema. Cinema and Manchin. Mansion, Cinema. Sinema, Manchin — I can’t do that anymore,” referring to Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va. and Kirsten Senema, Democrat of Arizona, who have frustrated much of the Democrats’ agenda in Washington.

Regardless of the method, Newsom said he wants to continue finding creative ways to influence the national conversation, and by doing so he will likely keep his name in the 2024 mix.

“This is iterative, I’m trying a new approach,” he said. “Is this the end? I hope it isn’t.”

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