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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Gavin Newsom's Happy Hour

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 3:45 PM

click to enlarge Come thirsty... - MATT SMITH
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Giving Gavin Newsom a TV show is a bit like putting Lorena Bobbit in charge of a knife store.

Placing the politician who saw fit to subject San Francisco to a 7.5-hour State of the City speech back in front of a camera seems a bit like a cruel trick to play on the rest of us. Current TV, however, did just that. Back when Newsom was engaging in his marathon speechifying, SF Weekly's Benjamin Wachs devised the Gavin Newsom Drinking Game: If he says he's "proud" of something, or "I get it," take a shot. It's what I do. Anyone who thinks I can keep watching Gavin Newsom-isodes without drinking heavily understands neither politics nor journalism.

Now, however, the good folks at Current have devised something of a new drinking game. Newsom and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, host of The War Room, will be co-hosting a "happy hour" for select members of the media on Thursday. There may be no fighting in the war room, but there is drinking. Journalists have been invited to watch the show, then "come thirsty" for beer and wine with Newsom and Granholm.

Sending an invitation to journalists asking them to "come thirsty" for free booze is a mistake unlikely to be repeated. What may not be a mistake -- but is certainly awkward -- is attending a happy hour hosted by Newsom, a man with some very public and very unpleasant alcohol-fueled problems.

Is Newsom -- who once released a statement reading "I have come to the conclusion that I will be a better person without alcohol in my life" -- the best person to be hosting a happy hour?

A message for the lite gov's spokeswoman querying whether alcohol is back in Newsom's life has not yet been returned. In the meantime, it warrants mentioning that Newsom is still a part-owner of a winery. In fact, here's Gavin starring in a video touting his winery, which was released one day after he vetoed a citywide alcohol fee that would have gone toward treating the city's chronic inebriates.

At least that video didn't last 7.5 hours. That would have left us all chronic inebriates.

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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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