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Monday, April 19, 2010

Newsom Doesn't Get Dem Endorsement -- But He's Still Looking Pretty

Posted By on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 7:25 AM

click to enlarge A nice weekend for San Francisco's erstwhile mayor
  • A nice weekend for San Francisco's erstwhile mayor
Mayor Gavin Newsom put on a charm offensive at this weekend's state Democratic Party Convention, hoping to win the official endorsement for lieutenant governor. He didn't get it -- but he still left in a commanding position in his quest to leave San Francisco politics and attain higher office.

Newsom picked up 52 percent of delegates' votes, easily outpacing opponent Janice Hahn's 42.6 percent -- but falling short of the 60 percent threshold for winning party endorsement. 

But that's okay -- he has the endorsements of scads of party luminaries,

including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and, for that

matter, Rep. Barbara Lee (Does Barbara Lee still speak for me, bumper

sticker people?). Perhaps most importantly, he picked up the nod from

the California Teachers Association, a union as vital to the Democrats

as groundhogs are to the economy of Punxsutawney, Penn.

Crucially for Newsom, Hahn did not pick up the endorsement -- and right in her hometown, too. That leaves Newsom's momentum intact -- and his fund-raising likely won't be dented. Pundits predicting a Newsom walkover in the primary see no reason to hedge their bets.

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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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