Obama Refuses Photo with Gavin Newsom
by linfar, Tue Feb 05, 2008 at 06:38:46 AM EST
According to a high level Obama staffer via Ben Smith, ""He [Newsom] is never going to serve in our administration, and we may give San Francisco to Canada."
This was in respose to a story which appeared this morning in the San Francisco Chronicle:
"I gave a fundraiser, at his (Obama's) request at a Waterfront restaurant," said former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. "And he said to me, he would really appreciate it if he didn't get his photo taken with my mayor. He said he would really not like to have his picture taken with Gavin."
Obama's deputy campaign director, Steve Hildebrand, who lives with his partner as an openly gay man, is reported in the Chronicle report as calling this "a ridiculous story."
But according to the published report both current and former members of Newsom's staff, remember the incident well. And they say that you can bet that Newsom hasn't forgotten it either.
"He was pissed," said one former staffer.
More from the Chronicle story: "In fact, early last year, Newsom alluded to the incident in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Speaking to Reuters on Jan. 26, 2007, Newsom was asked about three potential Democratic candidates: Obama, Hillary Clinton and Al Gore.
"One of the three Democrats you mentioned as presidential candidates, as God is my witness, will not be photographed with me, will not be in the same room with me," Newsom told Reuters, "even though I've done fundraisers for that particular person - not once, but twice - because of this issue."
Newsom who is not gay, but went on to national prominence after he supported gay marriage offered this on-record comment:
"I believe in his [Obama's] leadership qualities, and I look forward to voting for him. In eight years.