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Hair Apparent: Is New-Look Gavin Newsom Being Groomed for Bigger Things? 

Tuesday, Oct 14 2014

Nearly three years after he checked out of this city physically as well as mentally, erstwhile Mayor Gavin Newsom is still remembered here. A goodly number of us, after all, seem to think he's still mayor. On Twitter, his hair's account (@GavsHair) has more than double the followers of the mustache of our actual mayor, Ed Lee (@EdLeesMustache).

Like Samson, Newsom's calling card is his hair (though groomed in a style befitting a Tesla-driving vampire). During his first run for mayor, voters received fliers emblazoned with Newsom's pomaded mane and text indicating what was on the inside of his head was even more impressive.

So, Newsom's former allies were mystified why the lieutenant governor, following the August Napa quake, was photographed sans gel. Any theories about falling detritus blocking him from his supply of L'Oreal were quashed when, earlier this month, he posted a bevy of Facebook photos in which he resembled Hugh Grant.

Newsom's staff didn't return our calls. They never do. But his onetime political running buddies doubted Newsom was field-testing a more approachable look.

There are times, previous Gavin-backers say, when suburban fathers-of-three, which Newsom is, leave the house looking less than statuesque. "Sometimes," says one old pal, "ya gotta run to the store in sweatpants." JE

About The Author

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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