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Gavin Newsom Drops Out of California Gubernatorial Race

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has dropped out of the race for governor of California.

Newsom Said Newsom in a statement: "With a young family and responsibilities at city hall, I have found it impossible to commit the time required to complete this effort the way it needs to — and should be — done. This is not an easy decision. But it is one made with the best intentions for my wife, my daughter, the residents of the city and county of San Francisco, and California Democrats."

The L.A. Times reports: "The harsh political reality, however, is the real reason is his campaign was getting no statewide traction, even with ex-governor, ex-mayor, current Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown in the political room as the invisible 800-pound donkey. Brown hasn't even announced as a candidate and has raised in excess of $7 million, several times that accumulated by Newsom. The sudden move -- always watch out for Friday afternoons in politics -- officially leaves the Democratic field temporarily empty of heavyweights seeking to head the nation's most populous state."

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  1. Only suprised it took this long. I like Newsom a lot, but I don't think he had a chance. That Prop 8 video would have been back in a flash 'whether he liked it or not.'
    Now we have Brown (maybe), who I believe they used to call 'Gov. Moonbeam' and who also allegedly did coke with Linda Ronstadt in the state house, OR we have Meg Whitman of eBay fame. What a great slate!!
    She'll turn CA into a big reseller on eBay to help balance the budget and auction off the rights to all state contracts to help run CA like the business it is. What a mess we have here.

    Posted by: RW Ritchie | Oct 30, 2009 7:40:16 PM

  2. Oh thank god. California and the nation dodged a bullet here - Not that Newsom realistically had any chance to begin with.

    If Newsom had an opportunity to inflict his feckless, all-style-no-substance style of leadership on the entire state of California with its huge economy, the state would be in an even bigger shithole than it is now.

    I'm planning on voting for the fiscally conservative - and pro-gay marriage - Republican Tom Campbell!

    Posted by: GrabbinNewscum | Oct 30, 2009 8:05:05 PM

  3. I have my doubts about Brown's commitment in his professed support for gay equality, but Newsom is a bumbling idiot who, for all of his good intentions, almost certainly singlehandedly caused us to lose Prop 8, and I'm not convinced that a bumbling idiot of a supporter is any better than a competent but lukewarm supporter.

    Whitman, of course, can go to hell.

    Posted by: Pender | Oct 30, 2009 8:28:11 PM

  4. @ GrabbinNewscum - 1st off suck my ass. 2nd your beloved Republican party will NEVER nominate someone like Campbell. I good guy I might add.

    @ Pender - We would have NEVER gotten (even for a brief moment) gay marriage in California if it were not for Gavin. You can take your "singlehandedly caused us to lose Prop 8" and shove it straight up your ass.

    Posted by: Tralfaz | Oct 30, 2009 8:41:30 PM

  5. I heart you hard Tralfaz! And I second both of those motions.

    Posted by: Inspecthis Gadget | Oct 30, 2009 8:52:24 PM

  6. Children are such a handy Reason/excuse/alibi/explanation for just about anything. I need a dozen of the assorted variety.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Oct 30, 2009 8:53:43 PM

  7. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. FUCK! FUCK!!!!!

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 30, 2009 8:55:39 PM

  8. Too bad, but even San Franciscans are sick of him at this point it seems!

    Posted by: Brad | Oct 30, 2009 8:55:40 PM

  9. It's the right decision. California needs a leader; real, true, in it for the long haul. It really is a thankless job.
    Maybe, OPRAH?!!!

    Posted by: stephen | Oct 30, 2009 9:13:44 PM

  10. Hey Tralfaz - I wouldn't get near your skanky crusty ass!

    Your greasy haired boytoy doesn't really care for any constituency other than himself.

    Sucks to be you but a great day for the rest of California!

    Tom Campbell 2010!

    Posted by: GrabbinNewscum | Oct 30, 2009 9:31:01 PM

  11. I, PeePee, am so angry I could spit!

    I, PeePee, am going to type the word "fuck" many times in a row to express how very, very angry I am!

    I, PeePee, love Gavin Newsom so much and I can't stand to not get what I want!

    I, PeePee, also have a big dog too and Bryan Batt better never tell me to take my big doggie out of the porn store!

    I, PeePee, feel thwarted and impotent!

    Posted by: iPeePee | Oct 30, 2009 9:33:54 PM

  12. This is one of many San Franciscans who are not "sick of him." He's no more perfect than any of us, but I believe in him and look forward to supporting him for another office in the future. Any of his failures San Francisco are directly attributable to the lunatic fringe on the Board of Supervisors who would bite off their arm for his popularity, natural talents, and charisma...and hated him even more after none of them had the balls to run against him. Like it's HIS fault they're hack losers.

    If there's any upside to this it's that he won't be drowned in the thankless job of heading the giant state that is borderline ungovernable due, in part, to nonsense left over from the 8 yrs. of Gov. Moonbeam.

    If Jerry "I was against marriage equality before I was for it" Brown is elected, pity us.

    Posted by: Michael @ | Oct 30, 2009 9:54:38 PM

  13. Hey Michael Bedwell - Stop trying to suck Gavin Newsom's already will ya? He's told you a million times, he's not interested in hairy old trolls like you.

    Now finish drawing your little Hitler mustaches on Obama!

    Posted by: GrabbinNewscum | Oct 30, 2009 10:08:57 PM

  14. Oh, ObamaMary, ya gotta try harder than that.

    I'm not hairy.

    Posted by: Michael @ | Oct 30, 2009 10:19:48 PM

  15. Oh, ObamaMary, ya gotta try harder than that.

    I'm not hairy.

    Posted by: Michael @ | Oct 30, 2009 10:19:48 PM

    You are fat and old, though!

    Posted by: GrabbinNewscum | Oct 30, 2009 10:35:25 PM

  16. Well, this San Franciscan is GLAD he dropped out. Now if he would only quit his job as Mayor. The guys is an ass -- totally useless.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 30, 2009 10:36:19 PM

  17. While I rarely credit the California Republican Party with being completely truthful, they're right about Newsom being an empty suit.

    The man wants a reward for not doing his job. He had no record of success to run on. Of course, that hasn't stopped other politicians in the past. But Newsom didn't even do a good job of pretending he cared about his current gig. He either didn't understand the duties or, more likely, simply didn't care.

    He's the chief executive of San Francisco. The job doesn't have anything to do with same-sex marriage, foreign affairs, or climate change policy. Newsom likes to think that it does. But wishing for something does not make it so. One has to do the job one was elected to do - and do it with a degree of competence - before going for a higher office. While Richard Daley, Mike Bloomberg, and Antonio Villaraigosa have strong personalities, they never lost sight of the fact that their considerable powers don't extend much beyond the city limits.

    Quality of life is still the primary metric for a local official. That's the main event. Everything else is merely the bonus round.

    America already has a President. His name is Barack Obama. And while the President has no problem posing with other San Francisco politicians on a regular basis, he refuses to even do a photo-op with Newsom. After the wedding party, San Franciscans soon wondered too why Newsom doesn't seem to be particularly interested in crime, transportation, sanitation, affordable housing, public infastructure, jobs, sister cities, homelessness, and schools, Newsom's poll ratings have accordingly plummeted over the years (86% in 2004; 50% in 2006; and now hovering in the mid 30s).

    Newsom can still boast about being more popular than Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nancy Pelosi though. Which I suppose says a lot about the state of politics in California.

    Posted by: John | Oct 30, 2009 11:05:46 PM

  18. John basically stated my own feelings towards Newsom with the intelligence that I lack. He's been a crap mayor. His brave support of gay marriage doesn't justify his aspirations to higher office. Our unholy board of stupidvisors may be the biggest obstacle to, well, everything, but Newsom's current policy of being mayor in absentia has eliminated what little support he had left. The man essentially gave up years ago. Several high-profile homicides, incidents of horrific Muni violence, and his (and Kamala's) laissez-faire attitude towards crime haven't helped his reputation which I don't think really recovered after his boozed philandering with his friend's wife came to light. I'm not sure the whole, "It was the alcohol's fault" excuse really flies here...

    Posted by: Denis | Oct 30, 2009 11:28:11 PM

  19. OMG. Newsome should have stuck with it. He is very popular in SF. He is popular in the state. All I can think of is that some brownosed republican shit bag has dug up something really bad on Newsome's family. Fuck. We could have used a real mover in California.

    Republicans suck donkey dicks on vacation in Tijuana.

    Posted by: New Jersey Girl | Oct 30, 2009 11:51:39 PM

  20. Newsome is an awesome guy, stop picking him apart, the republicans will have your ass in the gas chamber stat! The Country Club is passe with Facebook, and the super rich need to pony up!

    Posted by: ty | Oct 31, 2009 12:10:34 AM

  21. This is a bummer. A bumbling idiot, he is certainly *not*. Seldom have I enjoyed listening to a politician so passionate, so articulate and so appealing. He cares, he tries and he could have been a terrific gov. Let's hope for another person with half the charisma and intellect.

    Posted by: pickles | Oct 31, 2009 12:15:26 AM

  22. But Gavin is so cuuuuuute!

    Posted by: MichaelShitwell | Oct 31, 2009 12:17:04 AM

  23. Does this mean he'll run for mayor again, against Bevan Dufty?

    Posted by: Tom H. | Oct 31, 2009 12:50:21 AM


    Posted by: F**KF*GS | Oct 31, 2009 3:40:38 AM

  25. He's attractive and well-spoken, but, tell me, what single thing has he achieved for San Francisco, outside of his stance on gay marriage?

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 31, 2009 5:31:45 AM

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