In the most memorable moment of the fiery debate last night between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and California Governor Gavin Newsom, DeSantis pointed out that members of Newsom’s own family have been among those fleeing the golden state for the sunshine state.
“So, I was talking to a fella who had made the move from California to Florida, and he was telling me that Florida is much better governed, safer, better budget, lower taxes, all this stuff, and he’s really happy with the quality of life,” DeSantis said, before a brief pause. “And then he paused, and he said, ‘You know, by the way, I’m Gavin Newsom’s father-in-law.’”
Newsom’s in-laws, Kenneth Siebel Jr., and Judith Siebel, purchased a $3.3 million home during the pandemic in Naples, Florida, in March 2020. They were hardly the only ones - when it comes to people voting with their feet, Florida is attracting the most population growth, while California is losing the most population.
Florida and Texas make up 15% of the U.S. population and have accounted for 70% of population growth from July 2021-July 2022.
Matt Palumbo is the author of Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers: How the Left Hijacked and Weaponized the Fact-Checking Industry and The Man Behind the Curtain: Inside the Secret Network of George Soros
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