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Gavin Newsom for lieutenant governor
Gavin Newsom for lieutenant governor

The most important responsibility of California's lieutenant governor is simply to be there, to wait around just in case the governor should die, resign or become incapacitated. That doesn't make for a very busy day-to-day schedule, but then, this is a notoriously do-little job, a bully pulpit at best, a ceremonial post at worse, a relic of a past era when a governor out of the state was truly incommunicado and needed a substitute in case of crisis. Today, the second-in-command remains, technically, the acting governor when the governor is absent from California, but that doesn't mean much in practice. Being lieutenant governor mostly serves as a perch for gubernatorial...

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