Less than 24 hours after lieutenant governor candidate Gavin Newsom trumpeted an endorsement from Sen. Dianne Feinstein — giving him statewide cred and appealing to female voters — his opponent released polling data she commissioned claiming Newsom is a liability to the Democrats due to his incurable San Francisco white boyishness.
“Janice Hahn provides better balance for the Democratic ticket because Gavin Newsom and Jerry Brown are both white men from San Francisco,” claims a poll undertaken by Fairbank, Maslin, Maulin, Metz & Associates — and bankrolled by Hahn.
“Democratic Primary voters recognize that
nominating Gavin Newsom, another San Francisco-based white male, will not help
Jerry Brown win the gubernatorial election,” the survey continues. “A solid majority understands that
Janice Hahn, a woman with a Southern California base and long family political
history in Los Angeles County, will be a valuable asset to Jerry Brown's
gubernatorial campaign in the November General election.”
The survey of 500 likely statewide Democratic primary voters proclaimed Hahn's superiority based on the concept of governor and lieutenant governor being running mates, like a president and vice president. There are any number of problems with this supposition — namely, that the governor and lieutenant governor explicitly do not run on the same ticket, so it's a major stretch to think voters consider them a “team.” But, playing along with the poll's supposition, here's the statement participants were read: