San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom points out the cheering crowds above to Phyllis Lyon, top right, and Del Martin, seated, after the same-sex couple was married at City Hall in San Francisco, Monday, June 16, 2008. The same-sex couple was the first to be legally married by the mayor
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat best known for his aggressive support of same-sex marriage, launched an exploratory committee Tuesday to consider a 2010 run for governor.
Newsom, 40, is the first Democrat to make a formal move toward replacing Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“He’s taking the steps to put together the type of operation that can analyze the race in 2010 and make an informed decision,” said Newsom consultant Eric Jaye.
Newsom has a FAR LEFT constituency and personal baggage that will deny him the Democrat nomination. The frontrunner at this time has to be Attorney General and former California Governor Jerry Brown.
Other likely Democrat candidates include:
- Steve Westley – former California controllerand 2006 candidate for Governor
- Antonio Villaraigosa – Mayor of Los Angeles
- Jack O’Connell – State Schools Superintendent
- Bill Lockyer – California Treasurer and former Attorney General
The GOP would relish a Newsom candidacy but it won’t happen.
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