Opinion: Gavin Newsom for governor?


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California, meet San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. From today’s Times:

Newsom, who built a national reputation pushing cutting-edge -- and controversial -- policies on same-sex marriage, healthcare and other issues, launched an exploratory bid for governor Tuesday.His move placed the 40-year-old, two-term mayor out in front of a large Democratic field eyeing the race to succeed Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is barred by term limits from running again in 2010. Newsom said he expected to decide by year’s end whether to proceed with a full-fledged candidacy


The City by the Bay’s golden boy isn’t shining as brightly as he was just a few years ago, though, having admitted to an affair and claimed to have alcohol problems. Then again, neither is our very own Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, whose gubernatorial hopes have also been tarnished by an extramarital relationship. The Times also points out,

The first open-seat governor’s race in 12 years is expected to draw a crowded field of Democratic hopefuls, including former governor and current Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. John Garamendi and former Controller Steve Westly, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2006.

Since it’s anyone’s race, I have to ask:

Got another candidate in mind? Post your suggestions below.

-- Amina Khan