Newsom travels to banned red states with new PAC as presidential rumors swirl
California Governor Gavin Newsom has been making headlines recently for his travels to states that have implemented restrictive voting laws, despite California's own progressive voting policies. Newsom's trips have been made with the support of his newly formed political action committee (PAC), which has fueled rumors of a potential presidential run in 2024. Newsom's travels have taken him to states such as Texas and Georgia, where he has met with local officials and activists to discuss voting rights and the impact of restrictive voting laws on marginalized communities. These trips have been met with both praise and criticism, with some applauding Newsom's efforts to fight against voter suppression and others questioning his motives and potential presidential aspirations. The formation of Newsom's PAC, which is called "A Better California," has only added fuel to the fire of speculation about his political future. The PAC has already raised millions of dollars in donations, with many of the contributions coming from wealthy donors and political action committees. While Newsom has not officially announced his candidacy for president, his recent actions suggest that he is at least considering a run. His travels to red states and his formation of a PAC are both common tactics used by politicians who are testing the waters for a potential presidential campaign. However, Newsom's potential candidacy is not without its challenges. He has faced criticism from both Republicans and Democrats in California for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as his controversial decision to attend a maskless dinner party at a fancy restaurant during the height of the pandemic. Additionally, Newsom's progressive policies may not resonate with voters in more conservative states, which could make it difficult for him to win a national election. Despite these challenges, Newsom's recent travels and the formation of his PAC suggest that he is serious about exploring a potential presidential run. Only time will tell if he decides to throw his hat in the ring for the 2024 election.