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Friday, October 30, 2009

Welcome Back, Gavin: Newsom Bows Out of Governor's Race

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

click to enlarge Gavin Newsom and the Bay Bridge came up short this week - AUDREY FUKUMAN, BASED ON ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION BY @YIYINGLU
  • Audrey Fukuman, based on original illustration by @yiyinglu
  • Gavin Newsom and the Bay Bridge came up short this week
If you see a tall, handsome man with slicked-back hair wandering forlornly through the city on Halloween, it may not be a denizen dressed as Gavin Newsom. It may be the real thing.

The mayor's traveling political roadshow came to an end today when he fired off a press release acknowledging he is dropping out of the governor's race:

"It is with great regret I announce today that I am withdrawing from the race for governor of California. 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."

Newsom was far behind Attorney General Jerry Brown in both the polls and fund-raising. It is unclear if Newsom will, as many have speculated, set his sights on the lieutenant governor's chair.

As Johnny Carson used to say, "More to come..."


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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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