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Newsom drops out of governor's race
Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/30/9 | Jack Chang

Posted on 10/30/2009 4:37:30 PM PDT by SmithL

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom made a surprise announcement Friday afternoon that he was dropping out of the gubernatorial race, leaving the Democrats with no declared candidate for the top statewide office.

Attorney General Jerry Brown has opened an exploratory committee for governor but has yet to formally announce his candidacy.

Nonetheless, Brown has opened a wide lead over Newsom in both fund-raising and in polls.

"It is with great regret I announce today that I am withdrawing from the race for governor of California," Newsom said in a statement. "With a young family and responsibilities at city hall, I have found it impossible to commit the time required to complete this effort the way it needs to - and should be - done.

"This is not an easy decision. But it is one made with the best intentions for my wife, my daughter, the residents of the city and county of San Francisco, and California Democrats."

In a written statement, Brown said of Newsom's departure from the race, "Mayor Newsom is a talented public official and I believe he has a bright future. I am sure this was not an easy decision. Anne and I wish Gavin and his family all the best."

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: anytwosomenewsom; ca2010; gavinnewsom; goldenstate; mayor; moonbeam; nevermind; newsom; sanfranciscovalues; sf

1 posted on 10/30/2009 4:37:30 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

God, that’s all Cali needs, another dose of Governor Moonbeam...


2 posted on 10/30/2009 4:38:31 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: SmithL

Dirty laundry? Moonbeam would be better than Newsom. Maybe a chance for a conservative Republican?


3 posted on 10/30/2009 4:40:46 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Parley Baer

Dirty laundry? Moonbeam would be better than Newsom. Maybe a chance for a conservative Republican?
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Moonbeam is no where as RADICAL and LAWBREAKING as Newsom. Everything is relative, but we in Taxifornia are better off with Moonbeam. Newsom should have been put in prison for the laws he broke, and in general, thrown out of his job for his attitude toward the will of the people. He is a radical lib with no regard for the law. Maybe he has been offered a czar job by Obama??? His resume fits.


4 posted on 10/30/2009 4:44:04 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: abb

Jerry Brown is 71-years-old. It’s time for him to RETIRE!


5 posted on 10/30/2009 4:45:30 PM PDT by donna (Chick-news. They report on what they love.)
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To: SmithL

Maybe we could find a decent Republican to run in this race, against Geriatric Brown.

(Just kidding! But it would be nice if we could, wouldn’t it?)


6 posted on 10/30/2009 4:55:49 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: donna
I am surprised I was certain he was older.
7 posted on 10/30/2009 4:57:02 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: SmithL

“There he goes ready or not!”


8 posted on 10/30/2009 4:58:54 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: SmithL

Someone’s got him by the nuts somehow. As for Moonbeam, he was a great mayor for Oakland, seriously. He did a super job. He had economic development and neighborhood safety at the top of the list there. He was walking around by himself talking to people in the community at night. For a white guy to do that in Oakland is amazing, and I’m not exaggerating.

I’m not sure he couldn’t fix California.

Before you blow chow all over your keyboard, the guy has become an economic realist over the years. Only Nixon could go to China, and with the moonbats firmly in control in Sacramento, perhaps they will listen to one of their own?


9 posted on 10/30/2009 5:02:43 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: SmithL

I LOVE Dr. Savage’s name for this guy:
“Any Twosome Newsome” LOL!


10 posted on 10/30/2009 5:03:26 PM PDT by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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To: donna

Sorry to laugh at your dilemma but the rest of the country loves the idea


11 posted on 10/30/2009 5:05:40 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: RinaseaofDs

Yeah, Oakland is a regular Elysian Fields now.


12 posted on 10/30/2009 5:06:38 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Yeah, Oakland is a regular Elysian Fields now.

It was getting better until Ron Dellums took over as Mayor. Then it went straight down the Kwame Kirkpatrick/David Dinkins/Harold Washington/Marion Barry drain.

13 posted on 10/30/2009 5:09:56 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("If you cannot pick it up and run with it, you don't really own it." -- Robert Heinlein)
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To: SmithL

Just curious. Is this the same “young family” that Newsome previously cheated on?


14 posted on 10/30/2009 5:10:23 PM PDT by rod1
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To: Parley Baer
moonbeam might be better than whitman(although I wouldn't vote for either)
15 posted on 10/30/2009 5:12:04 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: abb

It has been assumed all along that Brown would get the nomination...all he had to do was declare.


16 posted on 10/30/2009 5:23:15 PM PDT by norge (The amiable dunce is back, wearing a skirt and high heels.)
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To: SmithL

Bill Clinton is PO’d at this news.


17 posted on 10/30/2009 5:34:50 PM PDT by HChampagne (I am not an AARP member and never will be.)
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To: SmithL

This is hugh & series!


18 posted on 10/30/2009 5:41:55 PM PDT by smokingfrog (No man's life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session. I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: SmithL

$10 says Newsom joins the O Team.


19 posted on 10/30/2009 5:50:22 PM PDT by Zechariah_8_13 (I will miss the Internet when it is shut down.)
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To: Cicero

Maybe we could find a decent Republican to run in this race.....

Yes, like George Rafferty, but that may date me, ya think?


20 posted on 10/30/2009 5:55:43 PM PDT by CARTOUCHE (OBambi's mother was a buck short.)
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To: HChampagne

He doesn’t seem to have much influence over which candidate to vote for—remember when politicians were afraid to have Clinton campaign for them?


21 posted on 10/30/2009 5:57:11 PM PDT by Achilles Heel
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To: rod1

I don’t know what’s up with his “young family”. I thought he had no kids. He and his former wife had no kids together. I didn’t even know he got remarried.

Geez, I can’t believe there aren’t more Democrats wanting to run for governor. Could it be that with California’s huge problems, not too many ambitious politicians want to be the governor of California?????


22 posted on 10/30/2009 5:59:13 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: RinaseaofDs

I’d have to agree with you there. If this comes down to a race between Brown and Whitman, I’m not voting for her. Brown ain’t the man he used to be, and in his case that is a good thing.


23 posted on 10/30/2009 6:03:12 PM PDT by DryFly
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To: DryFly

Remember Govs. appoint judges.
any Democrat will make it possible for gay marriage
and the regular Liberal agenda.

Many FReepers like this as it will then give them something to bitch about


24 posted on 10/30/2009 6:06:12 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: DryFly

Gerry Brown is still MoonBeam.

I remember when his dad Pat Brown was Gov. and remember
when Gerry was Gov. years back.

I guess as a Republican, I don’t want a rerun of the
Browns again or anyother Democrat.


25 posted on 10/30/2009 6:09:05 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: SmithL

THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sounds like somebody’s got some serious dirt on the boy or he’d still be in. He really wanted it (so I’m told).

Good riddance!!!!!


26 posted on 10/30/2009 6:09:24 PM PDT by bustinchops (Teddy ("The Hiccup") Kennedy - the original water-boarder)
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To: Parley Baer

It’s true. Shockingly, it’s true. You’re right. CA managed to produce a viable contender WORSE than Moonbeam. Gavin Newsom would be just like zero, and that’s WORSE than Jerry Brown.


27 posted on 10/30/2009 6:11:26 PM PDT by bustinchops (Teddy ("The Hiccup") Kennedy - the original water-boarder)
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To: SoCalPol

Different times, different man.


28 posted on 10/30/2009 6:12:56 PM PDT by DryFly
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To: SoCalPol

Agree 100%, but I still feel like we dodged a bullet - well maybe we dodged a .45 with the serious chance of still getting hit with a .38.


29 posted on 10/30/2009 6:13:06 PM PDT by bustinchops (Teddy ("The Hiccup") Kennedy - the original water-boarder)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Dellums took over. Nuff said.


30 posted on 10/30/2009 6:13:14 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: DryFly
Different times, different man.

really? so he won't appoint liberal judges?

31 posted on 10/30/2009 6:17:10 PM PDT by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Zechariah_8_13

Somethings up in the Newsom party...or O is movin him to D.C. Czar


32 posted on 10/30/2009 6:38:19 PM PDT by Texas4ever (God is in control!)
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To: SmithL

OMG...has everyone forgot SCJ Rose Bird etc etc....Governor Moonbean again. Has California lost their minds.


33 posted on 10/30/2009 6:39:32 PM PDT by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: DryFly

So since you are a Jerry Brown supporter, your support goes to gay marriage, amnesty,open borders, sanctuary cities
for illegals, against the death penality, legalize drugs,
and anti war.

You are probably orgasmic that you guy Marxist Obama won.


34 posted on 10/30/2009 6:52:19 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: bustinchops

Newsom is just a Frisco creature.
He would never carry San Diego


35 posted on 10/30/2009 7:01:41 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: abb

I think CA people will yearn for a return of Jerry Brown, considering the dismal performances of his former chief-of-staff, Gray Davis, and Davis’s involuntary successor masquerading as a “Republican”.


36 posted on 10/30/2009 7:05:43 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Marty62
Has California lost their minds.

Yes, many years ago!

37 posted on 10/30/2009 7:06:48 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: bustinchops

I can’t imagine any “dirt” that would turn off the people of CA.


38 posted on 10/30/2009 7:07:32 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: RinaseaofDs
he was a great mayor for Oakland, seriously

Demanded a $2 million bribe from a $1 billion company I am familiar with that considered moving to Oakland. (Not for himself, of course.) Seriously. The company moved out to the sticks.

39 posted on 10/30/2009 7:11:06 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Theodore R.

I can, and I live here.


40 posted on 10/30/2009 7:16:59 PM PDT by bustinchops (Teddy ("The Hiccup") Kennedy - the original water-boarder)
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To: SoCalPol

He had that scandal with the married staffer awhile back. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. There are also rumors about him at wild parties and some unsavory stuff. Drug use would not surprise me. He’s very ambitious so I can only surmise there’s a dirty jacket on him that he figures might even ruin the gig he’s already got so he’s backing out.

Just a guess.


41 posted on 10/30/2009 7:20:05 PM PDT by bustinchops (Teddy ("The Hiccup") Kennedy - the original water-boarder)
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To: bustinchops

Yes, I think it is all of the above


42 posted on 10/30/2009 7:37:37 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: SmithL

Anne?


43 posted on 10/30/2009 9:08:55 PM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast (Obama: running for re-election in '12 or running for Mahdi now? [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahdi])
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To: SoCalPol

The GOP frontrunner supports each of those positions (or pretty darn close).


44 posted on 10/30/2009 9:31:46 PM PDT by DryFly
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To: abb

You forget that Brown is very tight with a dollar and left a larger budget surplus than Reagan did when he left office.


45 posted on 10/30/2009 9:33:17 PM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: SmithL

He’s not gay? Who knew?


46 posted on 10/30/2009 9:44:27 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: RinaseaofDs
Before you blow chow all over your keyboard, the guy has become an economic realist over the years. Only Nixon could go to China, and with the moonbats firmly in control in Sacramento, perhaps they will listen to one of their own?

It's a nice thought, but I have the feeling that any obstacle to union ambitions, including a Democratic governor, would be met with the same chainsaw that they ordinarily reserve for Republicans.

47 posted on 10/30/2009 10:26:20 PM PDT by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: Marty62
OMG...has everyone forgot SCJ Rose Bird etc etc....Governor Moonbean again. Has California lost their minds.

Nope, nobody has forgotten. But Jerry Brown has matured a bit since his last stint as governor. There's still plenty to dislike about his ideology, and I don't expect to be happy about his next term as governor. But realistically, he may be the least of the evils we face here in California.

Face it, he's better than any of the other prominent Democrats who would otherwise be competing for the nomination in his absence. He's better than Arnold turned out to be. And although I don't know much about Meg Whitman, what little I've read does not give me much hope that she'd be better than Brown. Perhaps Whitman can be beaten in the Republican primary despite all her money, and the victor will be worth supporting, but I'm not holding my breath.

If I had my druthers, Tom McClintock would be Governor and California would not be spiralling down the drain. Instead, we're reduced to hoping that the next governor will reduce the frequency of flushing. Jerry Brown is the only prominent Democrat who shows any potential for reducing the frequency of flushing.

48 posted on 10/30/2009 10:44:27 PM PDT by dpwiener
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To: John Jorsett

Maybe, but the unions had a horrible week, and it’s getting worse. Their business model is all done.

The members are going to end up voting them of the island.


49 posted on 10/31/2009 12:05:27 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: dpwiener

From JB’s 74 campaign brocure:
Yet he has greatly expanded California’s criminal justice, environmental, consumer protection, and employment programs.
...............
And do any of these things seem to be a problem in CA NOW?


50 posted on 10/31/2009 7:29:52 AM PDT by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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