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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. To F**KF*GS, you should not be on a gay website; with your nonsensical and twisted interpretation of your facts. What is with all the hatred and vilification; could it be because you and your ilk can't push gay people around anymore? The "Fucking Fags" are getting well organized and will not stand for that any more; I want you to be in a city like San Francisco and have some "Fag" beat the shit out of you while you come running to the police for protection; quite humiliating don't you think?

    Posted by: Jeff Dunivant | Oct 31, 2009 6:39:09 AM

  2. Gavin Newsom is a narcissistic gasbag who used the gay community and the gay marriage issue to shore up his own weak political standing in San Francisco.

    If you don't live here, then you might not know that the 2003 election was an extremely close one in which Newsom's opponent - who ran to his left - came within a few percentage points of winning in a suprisingly strong campaign.

    Newsom had to do something to shore up his political legitimacy among the so-called "progressives" and give him some political capital to be able to stand up to the radical leftist Board of Supervisors and not be painted as a "conservative" mayor in San Francisco.

    Newsom made the astute political calculation that if you get the gays on your side, you are practically inoculated against any other issue they can throw at you, and was practically assured re-election.

    So Newsom, in a bizarre self-aggrandizing political stunt, authorized City Hall to start handing out pieces of paper to same-sex couples and calling them "marriage certificates" - even though those couples were also told that the certificates, in fact, may not even be legally viable!

    But the gullible gays - always happy to have a hot, young, well-dressed straight politician - kowtow to them, bought it hook line and sinker - thus cementing Gavin's status as a "progressive hero" in San Francisco, neutralizing the Board of Supervisors, and ensuring his re-election in which in ran without any serious opposition.

    Of course, we all now know that Newsom's act of political bravery- er, stupidity - was partly why many states later that November enacted laws barring same-sex marriage.

    But Newsom got his issue that ensured his political viability - without which he knew he could not hope to hopscotch to the Governor's office. After all, if you can't win re-election as mayor, how are you even going to try to win the highest office in the state?

    Newsom had hoped to use the gay marriage issue to shore up his liberal base to clinch the primary among Democratic voters (a very low turnout election dominated by the most liberal Californians) and then showcase his moderate pro-business side in the general against his Republican opponent.

    But, alas, Gavin's dreams are dashed for now.

    Posted by: GrabbinNewscum | Oct 31, 2009 10:57:54 AM

  3. @ Tom H - Gavin can't run for a third term as mayor.

    And to the mods .... what's with all the fucking troll around here these days?

    Posted by: Tralfaz | Oct 31, 2009 11:48:46 AM

  4. Really, Grabbinewscum...your cowardly hiding your real name behind a fake Net name that slurs him itself says it all:

    You're one of the mental potholes on SF streets that no mayor could ever fix that have formed their own pathological Hate Gavin Club. Walgreen's called: your haloperidol refill is ready. But you obviously forgot the warnings on the label that you were to "seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur: confusion; drooling; hallucinations; mental or mood changes (eg, abnormal thinking, agitation)." I've called SF Gen and they have a bed waiting for you. In fact, they said it's the same one they put you in the last time. Ask for Marta.

    As for that first election campaign: Newsom's opponent [can't remember his name] was a phony Everyman, painting himself as Gandhi in a cheap three-piece suit, except this Gandhi was bald and this guy was known for his apparently rarely-washed hair. The SF Chron busted him for pretending to have come from a dirt poor family while demonizing Newsom as having been born with a silver spoon in his mouth because actually the reverse was true.

    He claimed that his simple Latino father had "sold cigarettes from the back of his car in south Texas" failing to mention that his father was a division chief for the international tobacco company Brown & Williamson. Newsom's father was a state appelate judge but divorced his mother when he was two; he was so bad with money that she had to work 3 jobs to keep her and the kids afloat.

    And who can forget the smear campaign that painted Newsom as a racist without any evidence. SF is the kind of phony Love Me I'm A Liberal Town where such accusations alone are a priori truth to the loons and many of the gullible ageless children still believe it.

    What happened to what's his name...well he broke the loons' herpes hearts by not having the balls to run against Newsom again [NONE of them did...but we're still supposed to believe that everyone in SF hates Newsom so shouldn't their election have been easy?] but did run as Ralph Nader's running mate last year in yet another attempt by King of the Loons Nader to punish the Dems who smelled his stink long ago by helping elect ANOTHER Repug President.

    PS: Safeway wants their shopping cart back.

    Posted by: Michael @ | Oct 31, 2009 12:27:15 PM

  5. Translation: "How dare you make fun of Gavey! He is so tall and handsome! The city is literally falling apart but he looks good in a suit. I even have a full-size cardboard cut-out that I pose with and jack off to!"

    Poor Michael Bedwell - So sad that his lust object Gavin won't return his phone calls.

    Gav's too busy fucking other guys' wives to be concerned with a fat old troll like

    Posted by: GrabbinNewscum | Oct 31, 2009 1:23:01 PM

  6. Kids! What the heck happened to civilized discussion? Gavin Newsome's pragmatic leadership in San Francisco was much more than just taking a stand on Gay Marriage, and Jerry Brown did more than hang out with Linda Ronstadt. We get nowhere when we eat our young.

    I will say I was impressed with Gavin's willingness to challenge the status quo by proposing a constitutional convention and ending the 2/3 majority vote on budgets.

    Both huge issues that continue to drag this state to mediocraty.

    Posted by: SoCalAaron | Oct 31, 2009 3:06:27 PM

  7. These comments would be a lot more enlightening if people avoided attacking one another with "funny" insults. Yes, it would mean that many comments would be half as long, but it would also mean they'd have a chance of getting read.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 31, 2009 9:47:35 PM

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