Newsom said to be ‘seething’ after Joe Biden called him out

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President Joe Biden is publicly pressuring California Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign a bill that would make it easier for the state’s farmworkers to unionize, and Newsom is reportedly angry about it.(Video Player: Farmworkers group continues rallying for workers rights amid heat at California capitol)Citing “five people with knowledge of the governor’s thinking,” Politico reported that Newsom is “privately seething over the Biden endorsement” of the legislation. Newsom’s office had expressed concerns that the bill, which would allow farmworkers to vote by mail in union elections, relies on “an untested mail-in election process that lacks critical provisions to protect the integrity of the election.”The reported tension between Biden and Newsom is noteworthy because the California governor is doing everything to suggest he is laying the groundwork to run for president one day. If Newsom vetoes the bill, progressive opponents in a Democratic presidential primary are going to paint him as anti-labor and beholden to California’s agricultural industry. Because Biden — someone typically associated with the centrist wing of the party — is urging Newsom to sign the bill, the attack could be quite potent if Newsom doesn’t sign the legislation.The Politico story states that Newsom staffers “made a verbal offer” to supporters of the legislation in an attempt to find a compromise, and when supporters sent a counteroffer, the governor’s office never responded.As it stands now, the bill is on Newsom’s desk and he can sign or veto it at any time ahead of Sept. 30.

President Joe Biden is publicly pressuring California Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign a bill that would make it easier for the state’s farmworkers to unionize, and Newsom is reportedly angry about it.

(Video Player: Farmworkers group continues rallying for workers rights amid heat at California capitol)

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Citing “five people with knowledge of the governor’s thinking,” Politico reported that Newsom is “privately seething over the Biden endorsement” of the legislation. Newsom’s office had expressed concerns that the bill, which would allow farmworkers to vote by mail in union elections, relies on “an untested mail-in election process that lacks critical provisions to protect the integrity of the election.”

The reported tension between Biden and Newsom is noteworthy because the California governor is doing everything to suggest he is laying the groundwork to run for president one day. If Newsom vetoes the bill, progressive opponents in a Democratic presidential primary are going to paint him as anti-labor and beholden to California’s agricultural industry. Because Biden — someone typically associated with the centrist wing of the party — is urging Newsom to sign the bill, the attack could be quite potent if Newsom doesn’t sign the legislation.

The Politico story states that Newsom staffers “made a verbal offer” to supporters of the legislation in an attempt to find a compromise, and when supporters sent a counteroffer, the governor’s office never responded.

As it stands now, the bill is on Newsom’s desk and he can sign or veto it at any time ahead of Sept. 30.

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