Democrat California Gov. Gavin Newsom has been a top choice among some Democrats who want an alternative to President Joe Biden in 2024.
But the governor is dousing that idea again, saying that he is behind President Biden if he chooses to campaign again, Politico reported.
“I’ve told everyone in the White House, from the chief of staff to the first lady,” he said.
Newsom relayed the same to Biden himself on election night.
After spending much of the evening with family, aides and supporters at the governor’s mansion watching the surprisingly strong returns for Democrats, the governor dashed over to a Sacramento hotel to briefly celebrate his own landslide reelection and trumpet the approval of a ballot measure enshrining abortion rights in California’s constitution.
“We affirmed clearly with conviction that we are a true freedom state,” Newsom told reporters. He contrasted California, and himself, with book and abortion banning governors in other states who also won reelection but remained nameless. Or at least they did explicitly so, until Newsom alluded to the one “flying migrants to an island.”