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No Super Bowl wager between Newsom and Missouri governor. Instead, a poke at DeSantis


Gov. Gavin Newsom flew to Las Vegas Friday to cheer on the San Francisco 49ers against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII — and used the game as an opportunity to take a subtle jab at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis .

Although Newsom has engaged in friendly betting with opposing team state governors in the past, this year he and Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson are teaming up to benefit charity . The two plan to sign Super Bowl merchandise and memorabilia and donate it to the Special Olympics, Newsom’s office said.

Newsom’s chosen charity scores a blow against DeSantis, his political rival. Newsom often accuses DeSantis of being a “tyrant” and has publicly criticized the Republican governor’s efforts to block the Special Olympics from requiring vaccination mandates for at-risk athletes during the pandemic. Newsom said his late mother worked for the Special Olympics.

The governor’s office announced Newsom’s departure in a pun-filled press release, saying he would “soon land in Nevada to usher in another Super Bowl.” Brock Purdy is the 49ers quarterback; R&B artist Usher headlines the halftime show.

A former mayor of San Francisco, Newsom predicted his hometown team would emerge victorious on Sunday after losing to the Chiefs on the big stage in 2020. That year, Newsom and Parson exchanged gifts.

Erin Mellon, a spokeswoman for Newsom, said the governor got his ticket through friends he was attending the game with, but did not name names. California sets a limit on the value of gifts given to state and local officials from certain sources, although exceptions apply to family and, in some cases, friends.

Newsom attended the NFC championship game last month in Santa Clara, where he was photographed talking to legendary 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice on the sidelines as the team beat the Detroit Lions in a close 34 game -31.

This time, Taylor Swift tops the list of celebrities expected in the stands (or suites). Newsom defended Swift and her boyfriend, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, in an MSNBC interview that aired over the weekend, calling the GOP criticism “sad and pathetic.”

“Republicans who despise Taylor Swift do so at their peril,” Newsom told host Jonathan Capehart. “What is his sin?” What is his sin? She wants more people to vote.

Kelce, who appeared in Pfizer ads encouraging Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, and Swift, who supported Joe Biden in 2020 and often encourages her fans to register to vote, have become targets of criticism from Donald Trump loyalists and the subject. of a series of unproven and far-fetched claims in the run-up to the presidential election. Conspiracy theories have even driven some conservatives to support San Francisco, even though they generally vilify the city as a harsh emblem of unbridled progressivism.

Neither President Biden nor Trump is expected to attend the game.

Newsom’s attendance at NFL games has already sparked controversy. He and former Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were photographed in 2022 without masks during an NFC championship game between the 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.

Now that American society has largely returned to pre-pandemic behavior, that should no longer be a problem on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Staff writers Noah Bierman and Seema Mehta contributed to this report.



Note: The content and images used in this article is rewritten and sourced from www.latimes.com

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