As goes Daphne Zuniga goes the lieutenant governor's race -- or so Gavin Newsom would hope.
We reported earlier today that San Francisco's mayor has both the internal polling numbers and a huge financial advantage
over Democratic challenger Janice Hahn. But he's also the backing of the Melrose Place
actress Zuniga -- and a handful of other eye-opening donors.
Poring over the records of who saw fit to hand Newsom $1,000 or more
turns up several household -- or quasi-household -- names:
There's Zuniga, of course
, perhaps Encino's best-known resident whom everyone fell in love with following her turn as Princess Vespa in Spaceballs
. Did you know her first screen credit was for The Dorm That Dripped Blood
? Now you do. She lists her employer as "Hallmark Television" and ponied up $2,500;
"Professional football player" Travis Laboy,
who lists his employer as the "San Francisco 49ers" dropped Newsom $1,500. Hopefully, the Niners' linebacker also drops plenty of opponents this year, too.
Charlotte Mailliard Shultz is the namesake for City Hall's staircase
, wife of former Secretary of State George Schultz, and the state's Chief of Protocol
. She also kicked down $10 grand.
Carmen Policy lists his profession as "vintner
." Boy, we sure did used to enjoy his reds -- and golds -- back when he was president of the 49ers. He gave $2,500.
Newsom certainly enjoyed a healthy smile when the Union of American Physicians & Dentists Medical Defense Fund kicked him $7,000.
Elon Musk, the South African-born physicist, Tesla CEO, and PayPal co-founder dropped Newsom $6,500. Last year the CEO of SpaceX
he gave $10,000 toward Newsom's gubernatorial campaign -- which went the way of Apollo 1, sadly
Thomas Coates, the sugar daddy for a statewide anti-rent control proposition Newsom decried
, sent him $2,000. Last year, he handed Newsom's gubernatorial campaign $25,000.
Newsom's mayoral chief of staff, Steve Kawa, gave his boss $2,500.
And, finally, Newsom received $6,500 apiece from his in-laws, Kenneth and Judy Siebel and $1,000 from his wife, Jennifer. Maybe now he'll return their calls.