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Newsom Will Start Running Ads in Florida. Is He Running for President?



What does the future hold for Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2024 or 2028? (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)
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AdImpact, a website that tracks political media spending, tweeted Monday that Gov. Gavin Newsom will begin running cable television ads in Florida on July 4.

The report inspires many interesting questions.

Is Newsom prepping to run for president in 2024 or 2028? Is he using the ads to enhance his status as perhaps the Democratic Party’s top-ranked pugilist against the Republicans in the national culture wars? Or is Newsom delivering a pre-emptive strike against Donald Trump possibly announcing his presidential bid, as has been rumored, on July 4?

Newsom has said several times that he wouldn’t challenge President Joe Biden in 2024. And, if Biden decides against a re-election bid, political insiders say it’s highly unlikely that Newsom would step on the presidential aspirations of Vice President Kamala Harris, a fellow California Democrat.

AdImpact later tweeted that the Newsom ad buy was for $105,000 on Fox News — suggesting that the governor is eager to attack Republicans on culture war issues such as abortion and gun control.

What we know for sure: Newsom has $25 million in his campaign account and is the overwhelming favorite to win re-election in November.

For a deep dive into Newsom’s political future and how 2024 might shape up for him, click on this Politico link.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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