Gavin Newsom, Please Go Away

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.

Tags: San Francisco, gavin newsom, California politics (all tags)



Lemos's personal antipathies

I'm really not interested in your personal antipathies but if you want to indulge them on this site and string together adjectives of invective, maybe you should back them up with some details regarding his administration.

What is happening to this site?


by Thaddeus 2010-03-12 12:33PM | 1 recs
Gavin Newsom is an empty suit

Hoorah for Lemos' antipathies! This San Franciscan shares them. Newsom is a pretty face with no content who has fronted for downtown interests against the neighborhoods, tenants, sensible (as opposing to profiteering) development. In general, former San Francisco office holders become more socially useful when they move on to other pastures, but our mayors (remember DiFi?) are notable exceptions. Still, I'd be glad to see Newsom out of here, the sooner the better.

by janinsanfran 2010-03-12 01:37PM | 0 recs
Gavin Newsom is a smart guy and a national hero

This sort of low-content smear job doesn't interest me. If you have an argument, make it, but the string of epithets doesn't advance the discussion. +1 to Thaddeus for calling you out on it.

I'm a San Franciscan who voted for Matt Gonzalez back in 2003; I subscribed to the usual set of objections to Newsom but I eventually came around. I missed voting for him in the 2007 election, so I've always felt I owed him a vote.

I don't always agree with Newsom but I find him articulate and sincere. I really enjoy listening to what he has to say on environmental issues, the future of technology in open government, and the future of San Francisco. 

When I do disagree with him, I always keep a respectful tone, because he's a national civil rights hero. Even if he never works in politics again, his place in the history books is secure. I really respect him for his advocacy for same-sex marriage; I think it was brave. There are some who would call it a tactical blunder, but I don't think many of them were standing outside City Hall in 2004. 

by marchingorders 2010-03-12 03:30PM | 0 recs

he should stay and work on SF's humongous list of problems.  He is abandoning the ship and leaving it rudderless.  But maybe it won't make much difference.  



by Radiowalla 2010-03-12 05:50PM | 0 recs

Newsom is not a civil rights hero. Everything he did that day was rescinded or declared illegal, and made it more difficult, not less, to get marriage equality here in California. And I *was* standing in front of City Hall that day in 2004!! 

Now, after that one disastrous tactical mistake in February 2004, what has he done for San Francisco?  Worse than nothing.  He has hidden under his desk on every issue facing the city: the slow collapse of the Muni system, he's opposed sane parking policies, and he's completely in bed with huge land use development corporations such as Lennar, as they bulldoze black neighborhoods like Hunters Point.

He's against public power for the city, and he insists on a "no new taxes" approach to balancing the city budget, which decimates public services for those most in need.  All this, in the supposedly liberal bastion of the left coast.

Shall I go on?  California would be better off without him, period.  And these are just issues -- I haven't even raised his odious personal life problems, but don't you think the Republicans will?



by billycub 2010-03-12 08:14PM | 0 recs


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