Newsom says he has Bill Clinton's support in campaign for governor

Still, recent polls show Atty. Gen Brown leads as Democratic Party choice

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said this week that he has former President Bill Clinton's support in his campaign for California governor.

Clinton will participate in two events with Newsom on Oct. 5 in Los Angeles, including one that will benefit the mayor's primary campaign in the gubernatorial race, Newsom said.

Newsom said he is honored to have Clinton's endorsement and called it "significant." He made the remarks at an afternoon news conference at City Hall to announce the opening of a European solar power company's headquarters in San Francisco.

Newsom said he and Clinton have enjoyed a close working relationship over the years and are discussing to what extent Clinton will be involved in his campaign.

Recent polls show Newsom trailing far behind Attorney General Jerry Brown, although Brown has not officially announced his candidacy.

"Mark my words, these polls are going to change dramatically," Newsom said.

"Everyone keeps focusing on someone who hasn't even entered the race," he said. "I'm focused on winning the race."

Brown senior adviser Steven Glazer said of the Clinton endorsement, "It's not a surprise."

He declined to comment further other than to say, "Jerry Brown is doing his job as attorney general, protecting consumers and prosecuting criminals. We will put politics aside for another day."

Jack Citrin, professor of political science at the University of California at Berkeley, said Clinton's support will boost Newsom's fundraising power and may bring additional endorsements.

"From the point of view of Newsom's campaign, (Clinton is) obviously an asset," Citrin said. "But the other question really is, how big of an asset? What does it really translate into? And I think that is much harder to assess."

Asked whether Clinton's support would enable Newsom to catch up to Brown in the polls, Citrin answered quickly, "No."

"In and of itself, it's not going to make a major impact ... I doubt that many primary voters would be swayed," Citrin said.

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Posted by john
a resident of another community
on Sep 17, 2009 at 8:26 am

Considering both of their personal backgrounds, it comes as no surprise.

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Posted by m
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 8:32 am

Newsom is smoking jaja juice ... if you think the Clinton's are going to put their political credibility on the line for a San Francisco mayor that runs the most laughed-at town on the planet ... well, it's just plain halucenigenic. Next on the chopping block: Nancy Pelosi ... hey and I consider myself an ex-hippie lefty with conservative tendencies.

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Posted by rose
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 17, 2009 at 10:03 am

Both with the personal issure maybe they cound get instructions from ACORN ON HOW TO RUN ONE IN SACRAMENTO AND RUN FOR GOVERNOR NEWSOME ON IT! WHAT A LAUGH, OUR WE THAT STUPID.

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Posted by What
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 11:16 am

Rose... you have spelling issues, so I suggest keeping the word stupid out of anything you "write"....

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 2:49 pm

I am not thrilled about Newson, but I'd rather see him than Brown as governor.... remember Brown's lawsuit against Pleasanton?

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 17, 2009 at 4:08 pm

I will not forget that Mr. Newsom betrayed a friend and had an affair with a friend's wife. He betrayed a close friend and that says something about this Sad Sack. There's alot that I appreciate about him but not this nasty business of destroying a family. Too much for me to ever trust him again. Gavin Newsom you will never get my vote.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 17, 2009 at 10:44 pm

If he wants to run for Govener he will have to become much more conservative. San Francisco voters do not represent the interests of state voters.

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Posted by lyndalu
a resident of Amador Estates
on Sep 21, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Yeh, that sounds about right that Clinton would endorse Newsom, they both support the "if it feels good, do it" philosophy.

Neither of these sleeze-bags get my support.

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