It’s not a significant amount for a governor running for reelection in a major US state.
But what raised eyebrows is this: Newsom is the governor of California, on the other side of the country.
The mind-boggling decision has sparked serious speculation that Newsom will run for president in 2024.
Usually, presidents have the near-unanimous support of their own parties to run for their second term in office.
But Biden has been historically unpopular and has shown little capacity to deal with the inflationary crisis that has gripped America.
He is especially unpopular with younger Americans, the age group his party relies on most to win elections.
And there’s another big concern: Joe Biden is 79 years old and isn’t getting any younger.
Newsom, on the other hand, is a young looking 54 years old.
And recently, Newsom has begun to weigh in on national issues such as abortion, climate change and gun restrictions.
Newsom a resume that speaks to his progressive politics.
As mayor of San Francisco in 2004, he ordered the city clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, making him the first jurisdiction in the country to do so.
He ended the death penalty in his state and proposed a plan to allow out-of-state residents to come to California for free abortions.
Newsom isn’t the only Democratic governor working to build his national profile.
New Hampshire is the first state in the nation to hold a presidential primaries, and it’s key to gaining momentum in the race.
But there’s no reason for an Illinois politician to visit New Hampshire unless they’re looking for the White House.
It’s a reality that even the locals in New Hampshire are proud of.
Pritzker treated the crowd to his own damning anecdotes about Donald Trump before giving him a standing ovation.
“I think he should be our next president,” Johnna Davis, a local Democratic official in New Hampshire, told Politico after Pritzker’s speech.
“He has a lot of energy. He is perfect.”
Meanwhile, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer may be looking to Washington as she appears poised for reelection to the indispensable presidential state.
If any or all of these candidates jump in to challenge Biden, it may be enough to persuade him to retire.
Lyndon Johnson did the same in 1968 when his popularity waned as the Vietnam War dragged on.
If Biden retires, it opens up the race for a few other heavy hitters.
Vice President Kamala Harris is constitutionally next in line for the presidency and would certainly jump in the running if Biden steps aside.
Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg would also likely flee, using his cabinet position to bolster his previously meager resume.
Buttigieg would have to quit his current job in order to run.
It is unlikely that any of these people will get into the presidential race until after the midterm elections in November.
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