Gavin Newsom, Please Go Away
by Charles Lemos, Fri Mar 12, 2010 at 12:12:36 PM EST
Having been rebuffed in his quest for the Governorship of California, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is now setting his sights on the number two job in the state and will announce that he is a candidate for Lt. Governor. Frankly, it's time that Gavin Newsom goes away, runs his wine business, raises his daughter and seeks massive amounts of therapy. The antipathy is personal and if he doesn't get that well then he's more clueless than we thought. His tenure as mayor of this fair city has been nothing short of a disaster. Instead of running this city and doing the job he was elected to do, he has spent the last two years plus seeking higher office. Singlehandedly, he has turned half of San Franciscans into Chris Daly fans, a feat I would have thought impossible. The most compelling reason to have Gavin Newsom elected Lt. Governor is to have him leave Room 200 at City Hall a year early but then why would we want to inflict our pain and his incompetence on the rest of the state even if the office is of little consequence?
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Mayor Gavin Newsom finally put an end to the questions of will he or won't he, and announced this morning that he is running for lieutenant governor.
Newsom dodged reporters' questions for weeks about whether he would trade in City Hall for Sacramento. However, he promised to reveal his decision today, which is the deadline for candidates running for statewide office to file their paperwork.
He did just that in an interview on CBS5 with our colleague Phil Matier.
"I'm in full steam ahead," he said.
The Democratic primary is June 8 and Newsom's challengers are Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn and state Sen. Dean Florez of Kern County.
Hahn has hired Newsom's former campaign strategist, Garry South, (aka The King of Mean) and before Newsom even announced his candidacy South fired off a letter saying that when the two worked together, Newsom showed nothing but "disinterest in and disdain for" the job.
If Newsom wins the primary, which he's expected to do, he will square off with Abel Maldonado, the recently appointed lieutenant governor, Nov. 2. Speculation is already rampant about who will end up in Room 200 to serve out Newsom's term that ends in January 2012.
Newsom, however thinks that "it should be up to the people to decide" who will replace him. A group is meeting today to determine how to place the issue before voters in November.
The other main candidate in the race is Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who has been attacking Gavin Newsom as indecisive. I think she is onto something. Incompetent, inept, egotistical, prone to delusions of grandeur, out-of-touch, obnoxious, arrogant and narcissistic also come to mind. For San Franciscans January 2012 can't come soon enough.
And if you want to see the Mayor as an inglorious bastard, then this November 2009 interview with CBS 5 political reporter Hank Plante pretty much does it.