Friday, February 24, 2012

Gavin Newsom Admits He Doesn't Have Much to Do

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 9:10 AM

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Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom finally found something meaningful to bestow on the office of Lieutenant Governor: advocating for the position to be eliminated.

That's right, the former San Francisco mayor who famously asked "What does the lieutenant governor do?" is lobbying that that his own highly paid position be axed. In a editorial board meeting with the Chron, the former San Francisco mayor admitted that he doesn't have too much going on up there in Sacramento, meaning his position is rather ineffective. So he is suggesting this: The state's top two positions -- governor and lieutenant governor -- should run as a ticket. If anything, it would empower the position of lite gov, Newsom bluntly stated.

"We're at each other's throats, nothing gets done.... It's just trivial

stuff," Newsom told the Chron.
"If they run together, then they have a team,'' he continued.

"Otherwise, get rid of the position."

As we previously noted, Newsom has been very busy, but not running the ceremonial office of Lieutenant Governor. In fact, the job is apparently so breezy that he has found enough time to get involved in PlumpJack wine business again on top of raising two young kids.

We asked this question then, and we will ask it now: Why are we paying him a six-figure salary?

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