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Says A Lot: California Governor Gavin Newsom’s In-Laws Made Donation To His Biggest Enemy, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

Kenneth F. Siebel Jr. and Judith A. Siebel also moved to Naples, Florida after Governor Gavin Newsom locked down California during the pandemic

FILE - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters and members of the media after a bill signing on Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon, Fla. The parents of California Gov. Gavin Newsom's wife donated re-election funds to DeSantis, one of their son-in-law's biggest political rivals. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

(SF Gate) A trust run by the parents of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s wife donated to one of their son-in-law’s biggest political rivals, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, according to contribution records reviewed by SFGATE.

The Friends of Ron DeSantis political action committee reported that the Siebel Family Revocable Trust — which is run by Jennifer Siebel-Newsom’s parents, Kenneth F. Siebel Jr. and Judith A. Siebel — donated $5,000 to the PAC on April 6, 2022.


The news of the Siebel family’s donation, which was first reported by Fox News on Thursday, comes exactly one week after Newsom called on his 2 million Twitter followers to donate money to the Republican governor’s Democratic opponent in this year’s general election, Charlie Crist.

“Time to make Ron DeSantis a one-term governor,” Newsom wrote. “I’m pledging $100k right now to @CharlieCrist. Who will join me in helping Charlie become the next Governor of Florida?”

A single $5,000 donation is a relative drop-in-the-bucket in such elections — the top donation to the Friends of DeSantis PAC so far is $10 million, according to Transparency USA — but conservative pundits were quick to mock Newsom, who has taken to sniping at DeSantis on Twitter in recent months for policies the Florida governor has enacted in his state.

“[With] this new contribution revelation from his in-laws, I think it’s safe to say Thanksgiving is going to be very awkward this year,” Fox News Commentator Tomi Lahren said Thursday on her radio show. “Gavin’s in-laws have good taste. Their daughter, not so much.”

Monetary donations to Republican candidates and causes are reportedly not unusual for the Siebels, but adding to the awkwardness of this specific donation is that Newsom and DeSantis are among voters’ top-choices to represent their respective parties in a future presidential race. The two have been more-or-less at each other’s throats since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newsom escalated tensions earlier this year when he began running cable ads on Fox News in Florida that urged residents in that state to move to California, and tempers have not cooled since then.

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