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Gov. Newsom aims to rally Utah Democratic Party with weekend visit

Jul 10, 2023, 7:59 AM | Updated: 9:36 am

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Gov. Gavin Newsom made a stop in Utah on Saturday, July 8, 2023.

DEER VALLEY. Utah — Utah’s Democrats hosted California Governor Gavin Newsom, D-Calif., in Deer Valley over the weekend. He was here on Saturday as part of his tour of red states.

Newsom announced his red state tour earlier this year, pledging to boost democratic parties in the reddest of red states.

“We always love when we can get a high-profile figure,” said Utah Democrat Communications Director Ben Anderson. Anderson said Newsom is pushing back on recent policies led by Republicans.

Newsom has taken aim at governors in Arkansas, Texas, and Ron DeSantis in Florida, calling them authoritarian leaders.

Anderson argues Utahns want common sense.

“They want to see moderation they don’t want to see you know, endless culture war fighting. So, I think that’s something that he [Newsom] has been really strong about, and that’s something that a lot of people can come together to agree on.”

Additionally, Anderson said the visit helps motivate Utah Democrats going into a big election year.

“One big thing that the party does, and one big role of the party, is to raise money to help elect Democrats. And so we also appreciate the governor’s support.”

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