California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) seized the opportunity to go after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) after Disney scrapped plans to launch a new employee campus in Lake Nona, Florida, that was said to bring 2,000 jobs from California along with an investment of $1 billion.
In a turn of events, the new work location, first set to begin operations from 2022-2023 only for the target year to be moved to 2026, ultimately did not pan out.
Josh D’Amaro, who chairs Disney’s parks, experiences and products division, published a company memo Thursday revealing that Disney had decided to suspend the original plan entirely.
“This was not an easy decision to make, but I believe it is the right one,” he reportedly told employees.
This caught the attention of Newsom, who put DeSantis on blast for his ongoing disputes with the entertainment giant.
“Turns out, bigoted policies have consequences. That’s 2,000+ jobs that will be welcomed back with open arms to the Golden State. Thank you for doing the right thing, @Disney,” Newsom wrote online.
Turns out, bigoted policies have consequences.
That's 2,000+ jobs that will be welcomed back with open arms to the Golden State.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 18, 2023
D’Amaro also said that Disney will still be investing over $17 billion in Florida during the next ten years and will still be creating an additional 13,000 jobs in the Sunshine State, according to Blaze Media.
The two governors, both leading prominent and well-known coastal states, have a history of tangoing with one another.
At the end of last year, Newsom attacked DeSantis after he shipped around 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts via plane, saying the Florida governor’s actions dehumanize people, are “almost monstrous” and that he is “a disgrace.”
“All I can say is I think his hair gel is interfering with his brain function,” DeSantis joked in reaction to Newsom’s insults and other efforts to push back against his shipping of migrants.
"I think his hair gel is interfering with his brain function."
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 (@DeSantisWarRoom) September 16, 2022
Disney’s continuous battle with DeSantis arguably truly erupted in March of last year after then-CEO Bob Chapek took an official public stance for the company in opposition to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education proposal, a now-passed law that bans classroom discussion surrounding so-called gender identity and other left-wing ideological topics before the third grade level, among other things.
A survey conducted at the time found that upon being accurately portrayed, the Florida law is supported by a comfortable majority of Americans, including 55% of Democrats. 26% of respondents indicated they did not agree with the rule along with 29% of Democrats.