Bad news for Gavin Newsom and the white elites who support him.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that two billionaire charter school advocates stirred up California’s gubernatorial race by pouring a total of $8.5 million into an independent expenditure campaign supporting former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings pledged $7 million and Los Angeles real estate entrepreneur Eli Broad promised $1.5 million to an independent expenditure organization called Families and Teachers for Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor 2018, which is run by the California Charter Schools Association Advocates.
“Antonio Villaraigosa will be a governor for all Californians, keeping the American dream possible in California with good schools, safe neighborhoods, affordable health care, and opportunities for everyone to succeed,” said Gary Borden, executive director of the charter schools group.
Hastings and Broad are longtime supporters of former Assembly Speaker and Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa.
The size of their contributions raised eyebrows among the white elites backing Newsom.
Newsom is leading most polls, while his fellow Democrat Villaraigosa is fighting it out with Republican John Cox, a Rancho Santa Fe businessman, for second place, according to a nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California survey this month. Only the top two finishers in the June 5 primary, regardless of party affiliation, will advance to the general election in November.
If Villaraigosa can make the cut, he’s likely to ride a Latino wave right into the governor’s office.