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Friday, May 22, 2009

Newsom's Svengali: Son of Michael Savage's Money Is No Good Here (Now That People Are Paying Attention)

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2009 at 4:21 PM

click to enlarge Drown your sorrows in Rockstar
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Yesterday we reported some of the more interesting names on would-be Governor Gavin Newsom's major donor's list -- including ousted Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang, a bevy of movie moguls and Russell Weiner, the man behind Rockstar Energy Drinks. Weiner is also the son of right-wing radio shock jock Michael Savage -- and has a history of right-wing, anti-LGBT, anti-immigrant politics of his own.

Today Eric Jaye, Newsom's longtime campaign manager, confirmed that Weiner's $25,000 donation will be returned. From a Jaye e-mail:

"The Newsom for California campaign is returning the contribution of

Russell G. Weiner. We believe that the confusion caused by the conflicts

between the views expressed by Mr. Weiner in his campaign for State

Assembly and the views and values of Mayor Newsom are best adressed

this way."

Weiner told the media he will instead give the $25,000 to charity.

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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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