San Diego’s Faulconer, weighing 2022 challenge, assails Newsom on COVID double standards

Days after San Diego County was sent packing to purple tier on California’s reopening scheme, news of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s attendance at a coronavirus rule-busting birthday party at the haughty French Laundry in Napa broke.

Kevin Faulconer, the termed-out Mayor of San Diego, didn’t shy away from another opportunity to level a political two-by-four at Newsom, tying Newsom’s dinner party to his decision to send his children back to private school amid public school shutdowns.


Faulconer has long been tabbed as California Republicans’ most-formidable challenger to Newsom, owing to his popularity running California’s second-largest city.

Despite the speculation, Faulconer has yet to formally announce his candidacy.

However, he surely wouldn’t be the only Republican likely to face off against Newsom in 2022. Fellow San Diegan, businessman, and 2018 GOP nominee John Cox has already launched a sequel campaign.

Pasadena resident Major (née Courtney) Williams, a social media marketing businessman, has also announced his candidacy.

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