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DeSantis Makes Presidential Campaign Stop at Coalinga's Harris Ranch
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 10 months ago on
June 19, 2023

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke on Monday afternoon to about 60 donors paying $3,300 each at Harris Ranch in Coalinga.

This was the second stop of a California fundraising tour for DeSantis, who headed to Southern California after the event. He also appeared for a Monday breakfast at a Sacramento country club.

DeSantis is running for the Republican presidential nomination.

Security was tight. The event was held in a closed-off area of the Harris Inn restaurant. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office provided security.

The event was hosted by Coalinga rancher John Harris and Fresno developer Richard F. Spencer.

DeSantis did not publicly address the media or appear in a public area.

Spencer Talks About the Republican Field

Said Spencer before DeSantis’ plane touched down at the Coalinga Airport: “I think (former President Donald) Trump did a lot of really good things for us before he did some not-so-good things for us — us being conservative Republicans. I would personally be delighted if he changed his mind … and didn’t run. But I doubt very much that that’s going to happen.”

Spencer also addressed the Republican presidential field.

“We think that this guy (DeSantis) is a real good guy and probably would make a really good president. I also think that Tim Scott has a very positive message and needs to be brought, perhaps, and exposed to people here (in the Valley). Nikki Haley, I know, is John’s (Harris) kind of first choice and she would be really good. So that’s more of the category of this (event). It’s not suggesting that we are advocating this person as opposed to any other. It’s just exposing him to the community.”

William Bourdeau, executive vice president of Harris Ranch and a Republican activist, also talked with GV Wire.

“I think it’s important that we evaluate all the candidates. It’s such an important job,” Boudreau said.

Asked if DeSantis talked about President Joe Biden or Trump, Boudreau said, “Not so much. He’s focusing on what he can do to help move the country forward.”

DeSantis Trails Trump in California Poll

A Berkeley IGS poll released on May 28 shows Trump leading DeSantis in the Republican primary in California. According to the poll, 44% of likely Republican voters stating they would vote for Trump; 26% indicated they would pick DeSantis.

Biden in Golden State, Too

Biden’s campaign is picking up steam in California with a reception at 3:30 p.m. in Los Gatos and another at 6:15 p.m. in Atherton. The president also will appear at a fundraiser with tech/climate investors on Tuesday night in Marin County. Gov. Gavin Newsom is among those expected at the event.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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