Gavin Newsom saw his political future flash before his eyes after this corruption scandal

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Gavin Newsom wants to run for President one day.

His political ambitions were upended by one secret being revealed.

And Gavin Newsom saw his political future flash before his eyes after this corruption scandal.

California Governor Gavin Newsom faces allegations of corruption and favoritism after it was revealed that he exempted one of his billionaire donors from a law requiring fast-food restaurants to raise their minimum wage.

California raises minimum wage of fast food workers in Big Labor handout

California’s Democrat politicians like Newsom are controlled by unions that fund their campaigns who in turn receive special privileges from the state.

Fast food workers have been a long-time target of unions, so California lawmakers wrote a bill to make it easier to organize them.

The 2022 F.A.S.T Recovery Act established a minimum wage of $20 an hour for fast food workers – the minimum wage is $16 per hour for everyone else – and established a state-controlled board with unions on it to bargain for wages for the more than 500,000 fast food workers in the state.

A carve-out was placed in the bill that curiously exempted fast-food restaurants that had an on-site bakery and sold bread as a stand-alone item.

Newsom personally fought for the bread exemption in the bill while it was moving through the legislature.

Gavin Newsom’s billionaire donor gets special treatment

Billionaire Greg Flynn is a long-time donor to Newsom who just so happened to be a franchisee of the Panera Bread fast-food chain.

The bread exemption can save him hundreds of thousands of dollars a year at his more than two dozen Paneras in the state by avoiding the higher fast food minimum wage.

Flynn personally lobbied Newsom’s office against the fast-food bill while it was moving through the legislature and bragged he could reach the Governor via text message.

The billionaire is the largest restaurant franchisee in the country and owns thousands of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Wendy’s, Panera Bread, and Applebee’s franchise locations.

He’s also been a prolific contributor to Newsom’s campaigns over the years.

Flynn donated $100,000 to Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom Committee when Newsom was facing a recall election in 2021.

He also donated $64,800 to Newsom’s 2022 Gubernatorial re-election campaign.

Newsom and Flynn both predictably denied any wrongdoing.

California Assembly Republican Minority Leader James Gallagher demanded an investigation after news of the scandal broke.

“Can any franchisee get an exemption from the $20 minimum wage law or do they need to donate more than $150k to Newsom first? This crooked deal needs to be investigated,” Gallagher said.

Newsom began to try to do damage control when the story went national and it became apparent it wouldn’t fade away.

He claimed that Panera wasn’t exempt because he alleged that the chain mixes its dough at an off-site location before it’s shipped to stores to bake.

But Panera is listed on state records as exempt from the law and Newsom’s office never denied that it was on the exempt list.

Newsom can get away with blatant corruption like this because he doesn’t feel threatened at all in deep-blue California.

The arrogant Governor knows he can get away with anything there and on one will hold him accountable.

But while the scandal won’t sink him in the state of California, it proves he’s not ready for the white-hot spotlight of national politics.

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