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Gavin Newsom, a Lieutenant Who Thinks He's General
Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders

Posted on 03/01/2012 10:43:08 AM PST by Kaslin

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom began a San Francisco Chronicle editorial board meeting last week by complaining about his job. In states such as Texas and Maryland, gubernatorial nominees choose their lieutenant governors. Those officers, Newsom argued, are "empowered," as each is "truly a lieutenant." Under the status quo with Gov. Jerry Brown, Newsom said, "we're at each other's throats; nothing gets done." But: "If they run together, then they have a team. Otherwise, get rid of the position."

Well, OK. Get rid of the position. The Strapped-But-Golden State doesn't need to spend $1 million to maintain a make-believe governor.

It's not as if California has a shortage of politicians who live by the pandering press release. (Most recently, Newsom called on the California Fish and Game Commission chief to resign because he killed a mountain lion in Idaho. "I do appreciate that you did nothing illegal in Idaho," Newsom wrote, "but it is clear that your actions do not reflect the values of the people of California.")

Newsom's problem: He couldn't beat Brown in the 2010 Democratic primary, so he dropped out of the top race to run for junior governor. He trounced Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn in June and then beat Republican Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado (who loved the job) in November.

Then Newsom quit a real job, San Francisco mayor, a year early to assume this window-shopping position. And he's down to a staff of three.

Newsom sure has an odd way of showing he wants to be on Brown's team. He's been all over the state disagreeing with Brown's budget cuts. On KQED radio recently, Newsom suggested Brown lacks a "vision for greatness."

"I said some negative things," Newsom admitted Wednesday. He also argued that his same-ticket suggestion was about not his boss, but "structural reform."

Maldonado agrees with the Newsom suggestion but chided, "Gavin is the No. 2. He should be on the team."

Newsom has his defenders, folks who look at the lieutenant guv's 2011 Economic Growth and Competitiveness Agenda for California and believe that Brown should give his lieutenant a platform. Newsom's former political consultant Garry South argued that, as a one-time big-city mayor, policy wonk and successful businessman, Newsom is "legitimately frustrated because he's got a lot of policy depth and executive experience" -- but Brown has frozen out Newsom.

Except: Newsom makes himself look irrelevant by pushing to change the state constitution to make the false front that his office is important.

And for what? South has worked for two lieutenant governors who became governors. When governors pick their running mates, South believes, they choose people who can help them win -- and then ignore them.

Besides, to get a constitutional change on the ballot, there first must be a big-money campaign or a legislative vote. "There's a significant reason why the Legislature won't do it," noted South, "because it's a statewide office for which they all can run."

Brown's people can't even be bothered to comment. "I haven't spoken to Jerry about it, so there's nothing I can really say," said adviser Steve Glazer.

That's what you get when you run for lieutenant governor and win -- whether you like it or not.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; US: California
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1 posted on 03/01/2012 10:43:13 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Gavin Newsome can any political position look inconsequential.
2 posted on 03/01/2012 10:45:43 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Kaslin

Shouldn’t this lisping Nancy be picking out curtains, or accessorizing his outfit instead of destroying further the already terminal, former Golden State?


3 posted on 03/01/2012 10:48:27 AM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: Kaslin

Wasn’t he the captain on the Love Boat? ;)


4 posted on 03/01/2012 10:51:37 AM PST by hiho hiho
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To: Kaslin

WRONG! In Texas, Lt. Governor’s are elected separately from the Governor.


5 posted on 03/01/2012 10:53:15 AM PST by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: Kaslin

Lt.? The arrogant SOB should be a corpse, man.


6 posted on 03/01/2012 10:54:05 AM PST by jessduntno ("Newt Gingrich was part of the Reagan Revolution's Murderers' Row." - Jeffrey Lord, Reagan Admin.)
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To: Kaslin

“In states such as Texas...gubernatorial nominees choose their lieutenant governors.”

Um, that would be a Texas-sized “NO”. Idiots. Don’t they know how to look this stuff up before they report it?


7 posted on 03/01/2012 10:54:33 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: Kaslin
Whenever I think about our Gov, and Sub-Gov, I get an image of Mr. Roarke, and Tattoo of Fantasy Island, only with no class...
"Welcome to debt-fully lowland".


8 posted on 03/01/2012 10:57:16 AM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Kaslin

I respect Kimberly Guilfoyle for divorcing that cretin.


9 posted on 03/01/2012 10:59:20 AM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: forgotten man
I respect Kimberly Guilfoyle for divorcing that cretin.

There are oh so many reasons to respect Kimberly.


10 posted on 03/01/2012 11:04:05 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: EyeGuy

Give the devil his due. I disagree with this guy on everything under the sun except two things, baseball and women. This so called lisping Nancy has had wives you can only call HOT. He was a pretty good D1 ballplayer in his day. Everything else, he’s dead wrong. If anyone has pictures to post please do. Start with Kimberly Guilefoyle.


11 posted on 03/01/2012 11:04:39 AM PST by gusty
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To: Kaslin

Jerry Brown really has problems with Lt Gov’s. Anyone remember when Mike Curb took over Jerry’s job, lock stock and barrel, when he went to run for Pres in 1980? I always found that story hilarious. Moonbeam is such an incompetent boob. He and Gavin Nuisance deserve each other.


12 posted on 03/01/2012 11:09:32 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: gusty
If anyone has pictures to post please do. Start with Kimberly Guilefoyle.

I did it before, but I'll gladly do it again. This could be a new rule every time something about this loser is posted. Much like the MoDo threads and Cathrine Zeta Jones.


13 posted on 03/01/2012 11:14:14 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Kaslin
Newsom is "legitimately frustrated because he's got a lot of policy depth and executive experience" -- but Brown has frozen out Newsom.

Jerry is just waiting for the ring.

14 posted on 03/01/2012 11:14:27 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: DallasDeb
In Texas, Lt. Governor’s are elected separately from the Governor.

As in California.

The difference is in the quality of men, not the office.

I'd trade you our for yours sight unseen, but I know a Texan wouldn't touch that deal with a bullwhip.

15 posted on 03/01/2012 11:14:27 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: Kaslin
"I do appreciate that you did nothing illegal in Idaho," Newsom wrote, "but it is clear that your actions do not reflect the values of the people of California."

Says the man who was having an affair with his best friend's wife. Are those the California values he's referring to?

16 posted on 03/01/2012 11:14:27 AM PST by circlecity
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To: Lazlo in PA

She divorced her second husband as well. This may be your chance to be The Third Man.


17 posted on 03/01/2012 11:40:57 AM PST by iowamark (The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves)
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To: Navy Patriot
The difference is in the quality of men, not the office.

Actually, there is quite a difference. In Texas the Lt. Governor is primarily a legislative official. He is the leader of the State Senate and, in many ways, has more power than the Governor. The state has a unique governmental structure reflecting the deliberate effort to prevent concentration of power in any one position.

18 posted on 03/01/2012 11:48:43 AM PST by etcb
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To: gusty

“Nancy” comment withdrawn.

Guess I thought he was another sick narciccistic homo, not just a backstabbing, serial adulterer, enabler of both public perversion against the wishes of the citizenry, and government coerced theft from private citizens.


19 posted on 03/01/2012 11:49:07 AM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: Kaslin

I wonder if he’s screwing his new best friend’s wife yet?


20 posted on 03/01/2012 11:50:28 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao << >> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona)
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To: Kaslin

Lest we forget. This is the guy who’s sanctuary policies in SF got 3 members of a family killed by an illegal alien who was released from SF jail rather than being deported.


21 posted on 03/01/2012 11:53:14 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: iowamark

LOL. Sounds great on paper, but I already have a high maintenance wife. It is kinda like owning an Italian sports car. They look hot and run fast, but the repair bills are murder.


22 posted on 03/01/2012 11:55:46 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Kaslin

If Newsom wants to know if it’s a unique situation, he can only look back in time when Moonbeam was governor and the then lieutenant governor and Moonbeam had a pretty contentious relationship. Fortunately for California, most lieutenant governors never make it to the big time. The down side, Moonbeam is still governor.


23 posted on 03/01/2012 11:55:56 AM PST by Ranger Warrior ("To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Navy Patriot

Actually, the point I was trying to make is the author is wrong. You can keep your elected officials, thank you.


24 posted on 03/01/2012 4:03:41 PM PST by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: DallasDeb
Actually, the point I was trying to make is the author is wrong.

Yes you were, and I did see that.

Try as I might, I couldn't discern whether Saunders was making the statement or she was paraphrasing Newsom without checking Newsom's accuracy.

In either case the author is incorrect.

25 posted on 03/01/2012 6:01:05 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: etcb

Good to know, seems Texans have knack for opting for liberty and responsibility.


26 posted on 03/01/2012 6:09:56 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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