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Friday, May 6, 2011

Gavin Newsom Hearts George Gascón

Posted By on Fri, May 6, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Degree of difficulty: No jokes about hair in this story!
  • Degree of difficulty: No jokes about hair in this story!

In a move every bit as awe-inspiring as a magician pulling a rabbit out of a rabbit hutch, District Attorney George Gascón today trumpeted an election endorsement from the lieutenant governor.

"I'm endorsing George Gascón for the same reasons I appointed him," writes erstwhile Mayor Gavin Newsom. You mean because David Chiu didn't want the job?

No, that's not what Newsom wrote. "George is a recognized national expert in law enforcement and has considerable experience running large organizations, but it's his independence and unwavering commitment to fairness and justice that make him a great District Attorney."

Actually, "great District Attorney" may be going a bit far. This city

has set the bar low with regards to DA competence, though Gascón may yet

prove to be an able prosecutor. But, come election season, the DA will

hopefully have more tangible evidence of his "great" job performance

than platitudes from the guy who gave him the position.

Finally, while an endorsement from the state's lieutenant governor is rarely cause for unbridled singin' and a-dancin', this one rings particularly hollow. It'd be beyond strange for Newsom to do anything but offer rip-roaring praise for the man he both hired as police chief and then elevated to DA (even if he didn't have a reputation of claiming credit for every worthwhile development in this town). And if Newsom's political coat tails weren't short before, it figures San Franciscans won't value his input more now that he's chosen to jettison himself from city government and take up the Maytag repairman's post of statewide positions.

Gascón, for his part, writes that he is "proud" to have Newsom's endorsement. Well, happy Friday then.

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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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