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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to seek governor's post in 2018

Touts accomplishments of Gov. Brown, who will be termed out of office in 2018

Lt. Gov. and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that he plans to run for governor in 2018.

In a post on his website, Newsom announced his

intention to run while noting such an announcement was somewhat unusual for an election more than three years away.

"I've never been a fan of pretense or procrastination," he wrote.

"After all, our state is defined by its independent, outspoken spirit. When Californians see something we truly believe in, we say so and act accordingly -- without evasiveness or equivocation."

Newsom touted the accomplishments of current Gov. Jerry Brown, who was re-elected last November and will be termed out of office in 2018.

Newsom said Brown "in the face of long odds has led our state to

firm fiscal footing and brought us to the enviable position of dreaming -- and achieving -- big dreams again."

Newsom was elected lieutenant governor in the 2010 election after initially campaigning to be governor. He bowed out of the gubernatorial race in October 2009, citing time constraints and his growing family.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by San Ramon Observer
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 12, 2015 at 4:01 pm

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Surprise! Who would have guessed? Um everyone.

So will he run for President in 2020 or wait until he's completed his first term as Governor?

Roz


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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 13, 2015 at 2:51 pm

He may look like a movie star but his politics are for the birds. What he did to San Francisco while mayor there was shameful, along with his buddy, Kamala Harris, who was anti-police and had the lowest murder conviction rate of any DA if memory serves. Don't get me started!
Now, as Lt Gov, any twosome Newsom is in a very quiet position where he can't do anything. That's where he should stay.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 13, 2015 at 5:45 pm

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Newsom is the most far left elected person ever to seek the California Governors Chair.

This may be a great opportunity to finally put a Republican in the Governors chair.

When it comes to politicians running at the mouth, Newsom is by far the largest garbage mouth that has ever entered the scene.


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Posted by Nostra Dammus
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 14, 2015 at 6:47 pm

Roz -- He'll run for Prez in 2024, after Hillary's second term, a few shades greyer. Most of the Republicans will be dead by then.


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Posted by A Neighbor
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 15, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Ed and Michael sure throw out a lot of opinions in their short comments here. Better make sure you get to the polls, boys, because I plan to vote for Newsome.

As for the former mayor's legacy being "shameful" (assuming you are referring to marriage equality in your vague remarks), most Americans do not feel the way you apparently do. If you are referring to some thing else, by all means, please elaborate.

"Garbage mouth"? What does that mean in this context?

Harris' conviction rates across the board are much higher than her predecessor, DA Hallinan, and her policy and methodology of plea bargaining weak cases is considered a model for large metropolitan areas across the country. If the cops don't bring strong enough evidence to convict, it's always better to plea a defendant. Because of her very different way of doing business in the DA's office, her numbers are never going to be apples-to-apples with other prosecutors.

Republican in the governor's office? I wish there was someone out there who had the guts to even try.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 15, 2015 at 4:20 pm

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@A neighbor:

Okay, your supporting Newsom. The same Gavin Newsom in 2007, out on the town with an underage date, seen drinking at social functions during his first marriage. Showed up at SF General drunk, to "comfort" the family of a fatally wounded police officer.

The same Gavin Newsom that admitted having had an affair with his appointments secretary, who was married to his campaign manager and deputy chief of staff.

Newsom, the gay marriage mayor, boosted of his prowess in issuing marriage license to same sex couples. Voters gave a wake up call, passed proposition 8, the ballot measure to amend the state constitution to ban same sex marriage.


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Posted by Sam Ramon
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 16, 2015 at 8:00 am

@Michael: ... and has won three separate elections since that time.

You have embellished your usual rant about his sordide affaire de la campaigne, but most of your post is already known, to everybody. And do you know what separates his infidelity from that of many. many other pos? He got caught. Then he didn't weasel around in semantics or otherwise -- he dealt with it publically and moved on. Maybe you should, too?

I've seen enough in my life to know not to judge the private intimacies of other people -- it appears he may have been unhappily wed -- so were at least half of us at one time or another. Now, by outward appearances at least, he and his wife seem to have a good life together. Good for them. So, have anything on him that happened THIS Decade?

The only policy matter in your post relates to gay marriage. I'm pretty sure that history will shine favorably on him for his leadership in that regard. Maybe think of him as "pro-marriage?" There are, after all, a whole lot of happily married folks now, based on the ball he got rolling. Bust a vein if you must on the fact that the courts ultimately invalidated his specific mayoral action; only a dwindling unhappy few (and maybe 2-3 Supreme Court Justices) believe he's on the wrong side of the issue.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 16, 2015 at 4:23 pm

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@ San Ramon:

Okay, I get it, Newsom is your role model.

Newsom being "unhappily wed", caused his extra martial activity? Underage?
This is the accepted norm?


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Posted by Sam Ramon
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 16, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Where did I write he's my role model? I'm not looking for one, and if I Was looking, it would not be in the nasty business of politics. Further, he needn't be one for me to support his candidacies -- his ideas and his ability to act on them are more to the point. I do think that politics selects for egocentric individuals, and that infidelities ensue and abound. So, color me unsurprised, and not aghast at your oft-repeated 'revelations.'

I'm not looking for the Father of our Country, as we already have one -- or even father of the year.

I also think, as I expressed, that it is Always dangerous to be too judgmental of other people's intimacies. You just can't know enough, and it's generally poor policy to tempt karma toward kicking you in the tender bits. I haven't seen any credible linkage to your embellished claims in that regard, so that's another reason to steer clear.


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 16, 2015 at 6:57 pm

I woukd be more concerned about what God and the bible says about homosexuality than Gavin Newsone and some courts. Think about the act! Disgusting.


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Posted by A Neighbor
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2015 at 8:20 pm

I can only assume Pete's comment is intended as satire, as both he and Michael are clearly on the losing side of history when it comes to marriage equality in the 21st century.


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Posted by citizen
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 16, 2015 at 8:34 pm

Im voting for Gavin... a vision for future California ! Sticking with the Democrats also impressed with CEO of Starbucks and his possible future in politics.


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Posted by Sam Ramon
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 16, 2015 at 9:51 pm

Couple thoughts, Pete:

1 -- we're talking marriage here, not sex. Your preoccupation with one relatively minor element of that deeply satisfying intimacy says a lot more about you than about anyone else.

2 -- Do you remember the marriage manual scene in the movie Summer of '42? "My parents never did THAT!" says one adolescent. That's you. Disgusting, right?

3 -- Just curious -- did Jesus ever have anything to say about homosexuality? I've always felt like it would be tough to square all the anti-gay religious animosity, like yours, with the Sermon on the Mount.


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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Feb 16, 2015 at 10:19 pm

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Michael is right.

I'm very surprised that no one has mentioned Newsomes defense of that wife beater Ross Mikarimi?

Roz, "citizen" and "neighbor", just to put things into perspective, other than Newsomes lack of loyalty and fidelity, and his acceptance of spousal abuse, you still think he's just a swell guy because he has the right ideas?

How on earth can you know this about a candidate and still want to vote for him?

What is it with the left that they accept creeps like this?

Sincerely


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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Feb 17, 2015 at 7:11 am

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From my above post I misidentified Roz as "Sam Ramon".

I apologize to Roz.

Dan


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Posted by Franklin
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 17, 2015 at 7:45 am

A Man shall leave HIS mother and father and a WOMAN shall leave HER mother and father and cling to her husband. Note the his and her. The gravest sin a man can commit is to spill his own seed.

What do the major religions say about homosexuality? Catholics? Islam?


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Posted by Sam Ramon
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 17, 2015 at 9:38 am

@ Franklin: that's merely descriptive; nothing in there that prescribes anything, or proscribes anything else.

As to the 'gravest sin' being seed spilling, I was thinking perhaps that there were a few of the Ten Commandments that might take precedence over that particular perceived misdeed. Besides, most such losses are incurred unilaterally. Isn't the resulting bad eyesight enough?


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Posted by Franklin
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 17, 2015 at 7:09 pm

San Ramon.

Don't know what to tell you but it's out of the bible so you change as fits yours needs it conscience I guess.


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Posted by Sam Ramon
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 18, 2015 at 8:19 am

Franklin: only you are reading into the passage words-of-exclusion that are not contained in it.

You asked about the Catholics. It appears they're coming around: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Pope Francis told reporters.


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Posted by Franklin
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 18, 2015 at 10:11 am

San,

You should read the popes comments in their entirely as he is talking about loving them and not judging them as human beings. The opinion of the pope and the church is that the ACT of homosexuality is immoral and a mortal sin. This will never change and is a teaching of the church as it should be. Only God judges and that is a great distinction In Muslim courtiers such as Iran homosexuality is punishable by death


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