Hahn's chief strategist, Garry South, a former adviser to
Newsom, lambasted the decision. "This is clearly a perversion of what
voters had in mind" when they passed Proposition 34, he said.
said that a candidate should not be allowed to say that he or she is
going to run for governor, raise money from supporters under limits
"that are four times as high," spend the money, and then drop down to
the lieutenant governor's race.
"If Newsom is allowed to
exploit this loophole, you will bet other candidates will in the
future, and the whole thing will become a mockery," South said.
attorney Tom Willis told us in March that Hahn's complaint was a
"desperate ploy to get some press and chill some contributors."
Whether or not it was a "desperate ploy," the attempt to stop Newsom from raking in the dough seems to have failed.