Naming a pair of fancy pants "Gavin" would seem a natural for Banana Republic, a division of San Francisco-based Gap, Inc. Newsom dresses nattily. Banana Republic "Gavins" are nice trousers. And Gap founder Don Fisher was an important backer of Gavin Newsom's political career.
However, things don't look good at the nexus of Don Fisher and Gavin Newsom. Sadly, Fisher recently died. Newsom recently dropped out of the governor's race. He last week gave a State of the City address so rich with platitudes and so low on specific plans that he seems committed to coasting the final two years of his mayoral term on his lack of laurels
Will Newsom end up like former California Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush, now a Florida deputy sheriff, or Gary Condit, who tried -- and failed -- to run a Baskin Robbins franchise?
It can't help that the one job we're aware of that Newsom ever obtained
on his own merits, as opposed to family political connections, has been delivering podiatric orthotics. Now that there's no high-flying Newsom political career to bank on, will billionaires such as Walter Shorenstein and Gordon Getty no longer guarantee their protege an income?
Thankfully there's an organization set up to help people who "lack ... job experience, or face employment challenges."