Newsom criticized for running 'shadow' 2024 presidential campaign against Biden

 November 13, 2023

President Joe Biden's chances at winning in 2024 continue to dwindle, and many believe the right challenger -- or replacement -- is key to the Democratic Party keeping the White House next election. 

According to the Washington Examiner, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has been at the top of most lists as a possible shoo-in, and some have even expressed frustration toward the governor for running a "shadow campaign" as Biden struggles on the trail.

Though he's a member of Biden's 2024 reelection campaign national advisory board, Newsom's possible entry into the race is still not out of the question, at least in the eyes of some. Others believe the opposite.

"Newsom isn’t a 2024 presidential candidate; he just plays one on TV, and it’s a show we’ve all streamed before," said Democratic strategist Kaivan Shroff.

Newsom, who has indicated on several occasions that he's not interested in a 2024 White House run, is making moves that raise questions, at the very least.

The Examiner noted:

His national footprint has become so large that speculation over a potential 2024 bid has failed to be quelled by Newsom's various denials. Rumors of his presidential ambitions were especially pervasive before Biden announced his intention to seek reelection in April.

Schroff added, "Newsom seems to be pulling out all the stops to run a shadow campaign across the country and the globe."

He was referencing not only Newsom's national footprint, but his global one as well, evidenced by trips to China and Israel.

While many, including members of his own party, have knocked the governor for what some have called the "worst kept secret" on the campaign trail, referencing his likelihood of running but not doing a good job at hiding it, others believe he'll immediately be a frontrunner should he go ahead and announce.

"If he decides to run for president in 2028, Gov. Newsom will be one of the leading contenders," Democratic strategist Rich Luchette said, adding that he believes it "makes sense" for Newsom to give it a shot.

Newsom was one of the first Democrats to use his platform nationally in the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, launching a new initiative in California to promote his pro-abortion state.

He also completed a "red state" tour, which involved the progressive governor pushing progressive trash ideology in Republican-dominate states and areas, which was a complete waste of time and resources on his part.

Another sign? He's set to debate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Nov. 30, which happens to take place just days before the next RNC GOP primary debate.

There's still the better part of a year left before the general election, but if Newsom really wants to jump in, he'll be forced to do so sooner than later.

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