Records reveal Gov. Newsom’s in-laws donated to PAC supporting Gov. DeSantis

In recent weeks and months, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has launched repeated attacks against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who has fired back in kind, as the two top state governors cement their positions as bright stars of their respective parties ahead of hypothetical candidacies in 2024.

If there is a choice between DeSantis and Newsom, however, it was just revealed that the Golden State governor’s parents-in-law have thrown their support behind the Sunshine state governor, Fox News reported.

Newsom’s in-laws support DeSantis

A review of contribution records for the Friends of Ron DeSantis PAC unveiled a donation in April of $5,000 from the Siebel Family Revocable Trust.

That would be the trust managed by Kenneth and Judith Siebel, the parents of Jennifer Siebel, the wife of Gov. Newsom and first lady of California.

The donation was confirmed by the Washington Examiner, which also reported that Kenneth Siebel is a longtime Republican donor who, in recent election cycles, had contributed financially to the campaigns of top GOP stars like Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Ron Johnson (R-WI), to name a few.

Awkward and controversial family gatherings

Ironically enough, the Examiner also pointed out that while Newsom’s in-laws have contributed in support of DeSantis’ gubernatorial re-election bid this year, the California governor himself has contributed $100,000 to the campaign of the Florida governor’s challenger — former Republican-turned-Democrat ex-Gov. Charlie Crist.

Obvious jokes have been made about awkward future Thanksgiving dinners following the revelation of the Siebel’s support for their son-in-law’s political rival, but such awkward moments have likely already occurred this summer during a family vacation in Montana.

That trip to Montana for Newsom with his in-laws caused a minor controversy for the California governor in light of the fact that Montana is one of the 22 GOP-led states that California has formally blacklisted for official business and visits due to conservative laws and policies in those states.

The future head-to-head matchup for rival governors?

As for the growing and potential future rivalry between Govs. DeSantis and Newsom, that is due to the fact that both are viewed as relatively young rising stars in their respective parties and top presidential contenders who are on track to be their party’s nominee, if not in 2024 then in the following cycle or two.

For DeSantis, virtually every poll of the prospective 2024 GOP primary shows that the increasingly popular Florida governor is the undisputed runner-up and second choice for Republican voters behind former President Donald Trump.

The picture isn’t quite so clear-cut for Newsom, but Politico recently laid out a not far-fetched scenario for 2024 in which President Joe Biden as well as Vice President Kamala Harris decline to run or are passed over by Democratic primary voters due to abysmally low approval and favorability, leaving the California governor with an open lane to the party’s nomination.

Of course, if both Biden and Trump do decide to run again and turn 2024 into a rematch of 2020, then the anticipated Newsom vs. DeSantis face-off will have to wait until 2028 or 2032, depending upon how things play out going forward.