Newsom could be headed for victory

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Is Gavin Newsom headed to Sacramento in January?

Gavin Newsom seems poised to win his race for lieutenant governor, at least as indicated by his opponent Abel Maldonado's increasingly desperate campaign tactics and Newsom's string of newspaper endorsements, including the Spanish language La Opinion, which chose to pass over a moderate Latino that it has endorsed in the past. The only question now is voter turnout, and whether Newsom's negatives would be enough to drag him down if the Democratic base stays home in this lackluster election.

In its endorsement in Sunday's paper, La Opinion wrote, “We are deeply disappointed that in this election [Maldonado] has opted for an opportunistic strategy of using images of undocumented criminals to earn political points. This is unacceptable and his charges against Newsom on this issue are inaccurate.” The reference was to Maldonado's wild charges in an Oct. 15 debate that Newsom created San Francisco's sanctuary city policies and was responsible for the fatal shootings of Bologna family members, allegedly by an undocumented immigrant who had once been in city custody. The reality was that Newsom inherited the sanctuary city policy and unilaterally weakened it after the Bologna shooting, even refusing to implement legislation approved by the Board of Supervisors (which Newsom vetoed but the board overrode) to require due process before those arrested are turned over to the feds for possible deportation.

While the paper didn't seem to understand that Newsom has snubbed his nose at San Francisco progressives and petulantly fed a particularly divisive style of politics here, they do rightfully give him credit for running a complicated city, unlike the conservative city of Santa Maria where Maldonado was mayor and always did the bidding of the Chamber of Commerce, something I observed while working at the Santa Maria Times at the time. "The Democratic candidate has implemented solid, progressive management while leading a diverse city during a deep budget crisis. Newsom has proven to be creative, resourceful, and sensitive while forging alliances that improve the quality of life for his city's residents," La Opinion wrote. 

Then yesterday, as the Los Angeles Times reports on its blog, when Newsom held a campaign event trumpeting his support by Latino leaders such as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and labor leader Dolores Huerta, Maldonado showed up and sat in the back with his advisers during the event. Now that's just strange.

A California Democratic Party e-mail blast this afternoon used a series of rhetorical questions to describe the campaign's episodes: “So was Maldonado’s bizarre behavior an egotistical attempt to intimidate other Latinos who came to the event to support Newsom? Does he feel entitled to the appointed position now that he actually has to compete for voters in a real election? Is he desperate for media attention? Or does he just enjoy being a spectator, watching his opponent secure key Latino endorsements while his own campaign falls apart?”

But the real question is whether Democrats can mobilize enough voters to overcome Newsom's negatives, from his arrogance to his personal foibles. When I did a search for Gavin Newsom's name on Yahoo, which automatically guesses what you're asking for based on past queries, the first three that listed were “Gavin Newsom girlfriend,” “Gavin Newsom divorce,” and “Gavin Newsom affair,” an apparent reference to his admitted affair with Ruby Rippey Tourk, who worked for him and was married to his reelection campaign manager.

So, if you support Newsom for this office -- or even if you're just anxious for him to leave San Francisco a year before his mayoral term expires -- don't forget to get out there and vote.

Comments

Sadly I will abstain rather than vote for Gruesome. He is painful and worthless.

Why doesn't he just move to Montana.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 19, 2010 @ 7:40 pm

Mayor Newsom: perhaps you could tell Gordon Getty to pay the overdue bill at MACDONALD BANK ... after I earned Getty Oil Company shareholders $4 Billion.

I earned the Getty Oil Company shareholders 4 Billion Bucks
On the Reserve acquisition; the way they treat me -- it really sucks!
As the Getty inheritors bask in glee;
All I asked for was that they look after me.
Four billion dollars they earned on Reserve
My fee I surely deserve.
It turns out J.P. Getty may have been a Nazi;
His family even goes back to Germany.
With Hitler, Goring & Goebbels he did stand;
While trying to undermine the American land!
For paintings & artifacts he did receive
With his oil he was able to deceive?
Hoover & the FBI and Roosevelt they knew
That J.P. Getty & espionage he drew!
Many a young lad and Jew did die
As planes dropped bombs from the sky.
For years while Getty sat in Berlin
He may have committed many a sin.
The ashes and smoke from the chimneys it rose
While old man Getty sat cozy; he chose.
With artwork held tightly under his arm
Still dripping in blood -- as the real owner met harm.
Into the ovens & on meat-hooks, bullets between the eyes
Listen very carefully you can still hear their cries!
While the Gettys sit in England; at their estate at Wormsley
And Gordon sings in San Francisco
With his 727 in tow.
The Getty museum sits atop Malibu
While the corpses of World War 2 scream -- J.P. Getty -- We know you!

Posted by MACDONALDBANK on Oct. 20, 2010 @ 4:42 am

Gavin should be elected because he has shown a genuine concern for Californians by preserving funding for Domestic Violence Programs in San Francisco. Without a battered women shelter for a battered woman to go to, she could be murdered or severely beaten. This is a very important point that Gavin recognized. Whitman and Maldonado could not care less whether battered wives live or die. Battered mothers and their children are not expendable.

Posted by GuestEarl Richards on Oct. 20, 2010 @ 5:56 am

How long until we can say "Mayor Peskin"?

Posted by Barton on Oct. 20, 2010 @ 7:17 am

to lead San Francisco at this time. He never ran before because he knew he wouldn't win a citywide election. So this curious term of events may be just what he needs to slither back into City Hall - but I doubt he'll be able to make it. I just hope if he does that he brings his big-boy cushion so we can see the top of his head from the dais.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Oct. 21, 2010 @ 8:52 am

I'd love to see Newsom leave office and allow a more progressive mayor to fill that position, more than anyone.

But this is California's last chance to stop Newsom's upward trajectory. He's young, he's rich, he's good looking, and he's a Democrat in a Democratic state. He's going to be unstoppable if he wins this office.

He's also completely bought and paid for by big business. Do we really want that kind of individual moving up?

No way in hell that I'll be voting for Newsom.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 20, 2010 @ 8:24 am

The thought of Peskin as mayor is terrifying. Be prepared to go stand on the freeway onramps to watch the businesses leaving in droves. Why stay? The future only contains a Mayor Chu or Avalos or another "progressive" who will run out the last of the middle class and business. Who's going to pay the taxes for all the "social programs" you lefties love so much?

More "progressive"? Yeah, that's the ticket!

Posted by Scott on Oct. 20, 2010 @ 8:56 am

Agree Peskin would be a disaster. He'll make our current $500 million deficits look like chump change...

Posted by CJ Flowers on Oct. 20, 2010 @ 9:49 am

There is no need to abstain from voting for LtGov. Progressives have a worthy candidate in Jimi Castillo (www.jimicastillo.org) of the Green Party -- something most news outlets don't want us to know.

Posted by Gino Rembetes on Oct. 20, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

That's who I voted for for lt. gov. Seemed like the obvious choice for me.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 22, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

Dear Editor:

Gavin Newsom provides the energy, enthusiasm, and creativity to the office of Lt. Governor that is simply lacking in Republican Abel Maldonado. As Chair of the Commission for Economic Development, the Lt. Governorship is crucial to the financial future of California. Newsom has already shown himself to be a promoter of the economy in San Francisco at both the city and county levels. He would use his knowledge to jump start the economy statewide by fostering the growth of small businesses, increasing clean energy business opportunities, revitalizing the high-tech sector, safeguarding our state's education system (and thus future state revenues), and attracting foreign investment. Furthermore, Gavin Newsom’s dynamic personality will keep young voters engaged in the political arena. These young voters are the future of California and it is important that they remain enthusiastic about the political process so that they can make rational decisions in future elections.

Let’s be clear: Bush and the Republicans got us into this financial meltdown, the Democrats are trying to get us out of it. California cannot afford to regress to the disastrous Bush era policies. Gavin Newsom is the candidate for Lt. Governor who will move California into the future.

Posted by Dr. John Carvalho on Oct. 20, 2010 @ 3:42 pm