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Friday, June 17, 2011

Aaron Peskin Questions Whether Gavin Newsom Can Be a Member of Local Democratic Party

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Dear Gavin ... - LUKE THOMAS
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Upon hearing news that Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom would move his family to the ritzier county of Marin, you'd expect to hear his political rivals say something like "Don't let the door hit you on the way out."

Instead, they are going to great lengths to remove any remaining ties Newsom might have to San Francisco. Aaron Peskin, chairman of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee -- and Newsom's longtime political rival -- fired off a letter yesterday to the state's second-in-command asking him to please, for the record, clarify where he is living these days.

According to state law, as Peskin cites in the letter, Newsom can no longer serve as an ex-officio for the San Francisco Democratic Club if he isn't living here.

According to the letter:

The state elections code and the SFDCCC bylaws both clearly state that an ex-officio member must reside in San Francisco in order to maintain his or her membership on the SFDCCC. Pursuant to state law, as set forth above, if you are in fact a Marin County resident, you would no longer be a member of the SFDCCC and would instead be a member of the Marin Democratic County Central Committee."

Peskin then goes on to ask Newsom to respond to the letter ASAP and clarify his current address. Newsom's spokesman, Francisco Castillo, kicked our call over to Peter Ragone, who told us the follwoing:

"If Peskin spent as much time trying to win elections as he did obsessing about Gavin Newsom over the past few years, the Democratic Party in SF might be an even stronger organization."

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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