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Ding126
04-21-2009, 3:28 PM
I don't think I can handle anymore political news from this state. :eek:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090421/ap_on_re_us/us_california_governor_newsom

SAN FRANCISCO Mayor Gavin Newsom formally announced his candidacy for California governor Tuesday, offering himself as an heir to the same groundswell for generational change that helped send President Barack Obama to the White House.

Entering a race that could see him competing against men 15 and 30 years his senior, the 41-year-old Democrat pointedly used YouTube and the social networking sites Twitter and Facebook to disclose that he would seek his party's nomination to succeed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The move mirrors Obama's early efforts as a candidate to identify and mobilize supporters through the Internet. But Newsom, who campaigned for Hillary Rodham Clinton in the presidential primary, described it as emblematic of the "intuitive" comfort with technology, transparency and consensus-building he says he shares with Obama.

"There will be legitimate questions nationally is change an affectation of the personality of Barack Obama and is it exclusive to Washington, D.C. and the occupant of the White House? Or is that change, that generational mind-set, going to take shape across the rest of the nation, starting with the most populous state?" he told The Associated Press. "We'll see."

In next year's Democratic primary, Newsom could face Attorney General Jerry Brown, who at age 71 is considering seeking the office he held from 1975 to 1983, and Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, 64. Other Democrats mentioned as possible contenders include Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, 56, and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 75.

Newsom, who is a little more than a year into his second term as mayor of California's fourth-largest city, already has a level of name recognition that belies his office and experience. He made international headlines in 2004 when he unilaterally directed city agencies to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a monthlong experiment in civic disobedience ultimately halted by the courts.

While his actions then made him a hometown hero, political observers predicted they could hurt him if he chose to pursue statewide or national office.

Newsom said that to broaden his appeal beyond the San Francisco Bay area, he plans to highlight his background as a successful businessman before becoming mayor, he founded a wine store that he parlayed into a string of restaurants and as a politician who has been fiscally responsible. For several months, he has been crisscrossing the state and meeting with voters in markedly less liberal areas such as Stockton and San Diego.

The most recent statewide poll, released last month, showed Feinstein leading among the possible Democratic candidates with 38 percent and Newsom running a distant fourth, with 10 percent. Without Feinstein in the race, Brown led with 26 percent and Newsom rose to third-place, with 16 percent.

In deference to Feinstein, Newsom said he would drop out of the governor's race if she entered it soon.

"I think she is still maintaining an interest and she certainly has the right at any time. But I'm not in a position to wait for that decision to be made and I've made that clear to the senator," he said.

Along with his close tie to the same-sex marriage issue, Newsom has another piece of possible political baggage that could be used against him. In January 2007, he was forced to reveal publicly he had an affair with the wife of his mayoral campaign manager and a drinking problem for which he sought treatment.

The disclosures did not impede him from being overwhelmingly re-elected later that year. Last summer, he married actress Jennifer Siebel, who is now four months pregnant with the couple's first child.

"This is the right time in every respect," Newsom said of his candidacy. "I think the experience is there, I think the perspective is there, I think the record is there. The time couldn't be better."

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On the Net:

http://www.gavinnewsom.com

jasilva
04-21-2009, 4:26 PM
Yeah right, he's a lock for the win.http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=20574&d=1239300506

hawk81
04-21-2009, 4:31 PM
This state is screwed.

lockandloadllc
04-21-2009, 4:33 PM
Besides maybe the SF vote, who'd vote for him? Look at whats he done to SF. And if by some insane chance he wins, I'm moving.

SwissFluCase
04-21-2009, 4:42 PM
All of the candidates so far have been really lame. :puke:

The only good thing about Newsom would be that he would spend all of his time in office out of state.

Regards,


SwissFluCase

Ding126
04-21-2009, 4:47 PM
This can't happen..but I bet you it will ( sad to say...God forbid ) Wonder if JB is going to throw his hat in??

Saigon1965
04-21-2009, 4:49 PM
I thought Jerry will be running also ?

SwissFluCase
04-21-2009, 4:51 PM
I thought Jerry will be running also ?

Doesn't he run every cycle?

Regards,


SwissFluCase

professorhard
04-21-2009, 4:52 PM
lol disgusting

Uxi
04-21-2009, 4:53 PM
lol fortunately don't think he has much of a chance.

natasha69
04-21-2009, 4:53 PM
he was the reason that bush won a second term. the month long experiment drove all the conservatives to show up and vote. please please run.

now we just need a good conservative candidate... is there one?

lioneaglegriffin
04-21-2009, 4:57 PM
everyone who see him for the first time asks isn't he that gay rights guy? not exactly the best way to win interior california after all prop 8 passed.

lioneaglegriffin
04-21-2009, 4:59 PM
he was the reason that bush won a second term. the month long experiment drove all the conservatives to show up and vote. please please run.

now we just need a good conservative candidate... is there one?

NO-

CalNRA
04-21-2009, 5:10 PM
people dismiss his chance, but remember, in 2007 if someone said some no-name freshman senator from Illinois with no governing experience will be POTUS in a year, people dismissed it too.

Don't under estimate the power of media propaganda and internet cheer-leading. The fact that SF has a half BILLION dollar deficit every year means nothing to people who just want another cool sticker on their car.

SwissFluCase
04-21-2009, 5:13 PM
people dismiss his chance, but remember, in 2007 if someone said some no-name freshman senator from Illinois with no governing experience will be POTUS in a year, people dismissed it too.

Don't under estimate the power of media propaganda and internet cheer-leading. The fact that SF has a half BILLION dollar deficit every year means nothing to people who just want another cool sticker on their car.

They are grooming him already. Watch out.

Regards,


SwissFluCase

tombinghamthegreat
04-21-2009, 6:13 PM
Besides maybe the SF vote, who'd vote for him? Look at whats he done to SF. And if by some insane chance he wins, I'm moving.

And how is Feinstein or the LA mayor any worse?

grnt
04-21-2009, 6:48 PM
Its going to happen, whether you like it or not.

stormy_clothing
04-21-2009, 6:54 PM
personally I like the guy for gov especially compared to other potentials. I wonder how much of the 65% of america thats christian would vote on legalizing the muslim religion if it were up for the vote, I dont see how the gay issue is any different. They should make it legal to marry and keep religion at home and out of politics. Not in the least because otherwise your not really free to do what you want but what enough people tell you what you cant do say, hey that sounds like guns.

He certainly seems very smart and dynamic unlike most of the bumbling idiots / governers.

does anyone know how he feels about guns since this is kinda relevant here

Cru Jones
04-21-2009, 6:56 PM
"This door's wide open now. It's going to happen, whether you like it or not."

-Gavin Newsom

stormy_clothing
04-21-2009, 6:58 PM
then I guess it's it's up to us to make our voices heard loud enough that he can get started on addressing them to a positive conclusion

paintballergb
04-21-2009, 7:03 PM
If he becomes governor then that will probably be the straw that breaks my camels back.

stormy_clothing
04-21-2009, 7:13 PM
what politican is for guns in california thats going to run for governor and have a chance, the point I'm trying to make is young dogs learn new tricks but you still have to teach them.

gose
04-21-2009, 7:17 PM
"This back door's wide open now. It's going to happen, whether you like it or not."

-Gavin Newsom

Fixed it...

hill billy
04-21-2009, 8:15 PM
If he becomes governor then that will probably be the straw that breaks my camels back.
Mine too, or Villar or Frankenfeinstein. Any one of them, and I'm gone.

dfletcher
04-21-2009, 8:46 PM
People dismiss his chance, but remember, in 2007 if someone said some no-name freshman senator from Illinois with no governing experience will be POTUS in a year, people dismissed it too.

Don't under estimate the power of media propaganda and internet cheer-leading. The fact that SF has a half BILLION dollar deficit every year means nothing to people who just want another cool sticker on their car.

I think it's appropriate to never underestimate the ability of a small but well organized political group to outmaneuver and manipulate the disorganized voting population - I think most campaigns rise or fall on their success in that endeavor. In theory, all that should be required to defeat Newsom are some hard hitting & well produced adverts touring the City to show the homeless, the crime, the sex shops and the empty store fronts.

natasha69
04-21-2009, 9:15 PM
I think it's appropriate to never underestimate the ability of a small but well organized political group to outmaneuver and manipulate the disorganized voting population - I think most campaigns rise or fall on their success in that endeavor. In theory, all that should be required to defeat Newsom are some hard hitting & well produced adverts touring the City to show the homeless, the crime, the sex shops and the empty store fronts.

If Newsom's antics drove the conservatives out of their homes to vote for Bush in the election prior to this one, and considering more than half the state voted to keep marriage hetero, Newsom will drive conservatives out from under rocks and hidey holes everywhere to vote against him. The big question is though...while the Dems have some key players lining up to run, who is conservative who can win in this state, for governor?

nat
04-21-2009, 9:18 PM
He is so plastic looking. I really dislike him.

yellowfin
04-21-2009, 9:48 PM
This state is screwed. Not necessarily, but a few female campaign workers will certainly be.

yellowfin
04-21-2009, 9:50 PM
he was the reason that bush won a second term. the month long experiment drove all the conservatives to show up and vote. please please run.

now we just need a good conservative candidate... is there one? Perhaps our noble chairman?

tonelar
04-21-2009, 10:13 PM
Gavin is an A__HAT!

DDT
04-21-2009, 10:16 PM
Gavin is an A__HAT!

I guess that's a guarantee of winning the election then.

gazzavc
04-21-2009, 10:29 PM
They are grooming him already. Watch out.

Regards,


SwissFluCase

Specifically, How does one groom a turd ??

soopafly
04-21-2009, 10:33 PM
Isn't this the guy that cheated with his best friends wife?

lioneaglegriffin
04-21-2009, 10:39 PM
If Newsom's antics drove the conservatives out of their homes to vote for Bush in the election prior to this one, and considering more than half the state voted to keep marriage hetero, Newsom will drive conservatives out from under rocks and hidey holes everywhere to vote against him. The big question is though...while the Dems have some key players lining up to run, who is conservative who can win in this state, for governor?

i agree, and the conservative to rise up is the 1,000,000 dollar question

Steve Poizner got a NRA A at one point didn't he?

glockwise2000
04-21-2009, 10:40 PM
And how is Feinstein or the LA mayor any worse?

It is a race between worst of the worst of the worst. Sh*t.

glockwise2000
04-21-2009, 10:41 PM
Isn't this the guy that cheated with his best friends wife?

definitely YES.

DDT
04-21-2009, 10:41 PM
Moonbeam sure does look appealing considering the options.

dlefdal
04-21-2009, 10:51 PM
A buddy of mine works for SFPD and says that based on the rumors around city hall, he is being groomed and stands a real fighting chance of winning. Even his own people don't like him.

TripleT
04-22-2009, 7:17 AM
So this morning (04/22) Garamendi announces he will not be running for governor. One more candidate out of the way for Gruesome Newsom...

highpowermatch
04-22-2009, 8:25 AM
:eek: Gavin Newsom. I think I'm going to be sick

TripleT
04-22-2009, 8:30 AM
I may have to register democrat, for the primary, just to vote against him...

Aegis
04-22-2009, 8:35 AM
He does not have a chance to win.

He claims all gun crimes are the fault of the NRA, so if you follow his logic, all crimes committed by illegal aliens in his city are his fault because he shelters them.

motorhead
04-22-2009, 8:37 AM
i concur. 0 chance. putting himself up as poster boy for gay marriage was political suicide.

Untamed1972
04-22-2009, 9:00 AM
You know with AB357 getting killed, and those other crap bills making it thru committee, and then news like this.....kinda makes me think it's getting close to time to give my "upside down" house back to the bank and just get the heck outta here. AZ and freedom are are only a couple of hours away!

Gator Monroe
04-22-2009, 9:03 AM
Why would he have a Scottish first name ,english last name, but he is mostly Irish ?:confused:

yellowfin
04-22-2009, 9:07 AM
Why would he have a Scottish first name ,english last name, but he is mostly Irish ?:confused: Because his family slept around as much as he does?

The Wingnut
04-22-2009, 9:34 AM
Governor Newsom? Say it ain't so. My experience with the man is that he's a slick, sleazy, self-absorbed jerk.

Yes, I've met him personally, and was not the slightest bit impressed.

hill billy
04-22-2009, 9:56 AM
You know with AB357 getting killed, and those other crap bills making it thru committee, and then news like this.....kinda makes me think it's getting close to time to give my "upside down" house back to the bank and just get the heck outta here. AZ and freedom are are only a couple of hours away!

I'm with you. :(

jamesob
04-22-2009, 9:59 AM
this might be good news for me. my wife can't stand him and it might convince her to move finally.

xrMike
04-22-2009, 10:55 AM
Its going to happen, whether you like it or not.

:D That quote will follow him around for the rest of his career.

Isn't this the guy that cheated with his best friends wife?

If his opponents really hammer that incident home in endless TV commercials, I don't see how he can win. Most of the voting public has already forgotten about that, but if they are reminded over and over, it will kill him. People from all walks of life hate that kind of ****ty behavior.

Moonbeam sure does look appealing considering the options.

I'd vote for Jerry in a heartbeat over AnyTwoSome Newsome. As AG, he's been pretty friendly to us gunnies, or at least non-harmful. Newsome OTH is vehemently anti-gun.

DDT
04-22-2009, 10:58 AM
Interesting though. since J. Brown isn't a "true believer" anti-gunnie there is a possibility that he might actually veto unconstitutional laws on the basis of saving the state millions of dollars (not to mention CGF and Gene)

dfletcher
04-22-2009, 11:36 AM
Governor Newsom? Say it ain't so. My experience with the man is that he's a slick, sleazy, self-absorbed jerk.

Yes, I've met him personally, and was not the slightest bit impressed.

Same here. Went to some party years ago on one of the piers after his 1st wife was graduated from law school or passed the bar - passing the bar is something he sure didn't do. Have seen him off & on as Mayor. Talks too much, smiles too much and makes pretty clear people ought to think as he thinks. After B of A HQ left SF he said Virgin scheduling a new stop at SFO was an ample offset to the B of A job loss, revenue loss. His performance in front of the Cow Palace last year railing against the gun shows clearly demonstrated he doesn't think an elected official should make an effort to represent any interest other than those he personally believes in.

The only purpose he serves is demonstrating just how low the standards have become for being Governor or at least a candidate. In my lifetime we've gone from Earl Warren & Goodie Knight to Gray Davis & Newsom.

Heatseeker
04-22-2009, 11:38 AM
Newsom for Governor: God help us all...

JoeC
04-22-2009, 11:42 AM
Whenever I see him I can't help but think he looks like a used car salesman.

Trench Broom
04-22-2009, 1:34 PM
He ain't gonna win. And Tony Villar? He's good for comic relief. Damn, Moonbeam IS looking pretty good right about now. :puke:

rtlltj
04-22-2009, 2:00 PM
I can't stand that idiot.

Smokin
04-22-2009, 2:07 PM
This state just takes scoreboard for jackassery. That ULTRA-left wing idiot is anti-armed forces, anti-gun, pro-gay. He's obama's evil brother from another mother. Place makes me sick. Dont vote for Frankeinstein, newsom or whatever jackass the left churns out of their socialist *******. Best hope so far is Meg Whitman.

doughboy334
04-22-2009, 2:16 PM
Who's running for the Republicans?

kstocali
04-22-2009, 3:02 PM
This state just takes scoreboard for jackassery. That ULTRA-left wing idiot is anti-armed forces, anti-gun, pro-gay. He's obama's evil brother from another mother. Place makes me sick. Dont vote for Frankeinstein, newsom or whatever jackass the left churns out of their socialist *******. Best hope so far is Meg Whitman.

Not so sure about Whitman myself. Hard to say if she's just pandering for votes but this doesn't sound good:

"-- Guns: She said she supports Second Amendment rights, but that an assault weapon ban and handgun restrictions are "probably the right thing in California." She does not own a gun."

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/02/12/MNCU15SUDJ.DTL

TripleT
04-22-2009, 3:17 PM
Who's running for the Republicans?

Meg Whitman = Former CEO of EBAY, worked on Mitt Romney's campaign.
Steve Poizner = Our current Insurance Commissioner

Whitman might have the rock star appeal that will be required to have any chance of crossover votes but as most know, EBAY / Paypal is very anti-gun, if that means anything at all.

I think Poizner used to be a businessman but I'm not sure what business.

Slim Pickin's ??? :(

cineski
04-22-2009, 3:22 PM
Constant talk of the Dems on here. That's because we all know that's what's going to be in office next. Why oh why can't there be another LA in a highly conservative land?

Who's running for the Republicans?

xrMike
04-23-2009, 10:07 AM
I need to move to Arizona, where you can vote for guys like this:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/04/21/minuteman-founder-challenge-mccain-gop-primary/

tactic101
04-23-2009, 10:25 AM
Personally, I think we need a "Draft Tom Selleck for Governor" campaign.

Star power, pro-2nd amendment, politically viable in this state (registered independent, libertarian philosophy)


Found this on the interwebs:

"I'm a registered independent with a lot of libertarian leanings," he said. However, he's an independent who supports a surprisingly minimalistic government: "I think we should have stoplights, fire departments, and [a] strategic missile defense," he said. http://www.theadvocates.org/celebrities/tom-selleck.html

If that doesn't sway the Calguns crowd, just think what his nickname could be: Governor Magnum:thumbsup:

doughboy334
04-23-2009, 11:42 AM
I think I had enough of celebrity governors...

hill billy
04-23-2009, 11:47 AM
Personally, I think we need a "Draft Tom Selleck for Governor" campaign.

Star power, pro-2nd amendment, politically viable in this state (registered independent, libertarian philosophy)


Found this on the interwebs:

http://www.theadvocates.org/celebrities/tom-selleck.html

If that doesn't sway the Calguns crowd, just think what his nickname could be: Governor Magnum:thumbsup:
Holy smokes, I'd vote for him in a heartbeat.

DDT
04-23-2009, 12:13 PM
Found this on the interwebs:

"I'm a registered independent with a lot of libertarian leanings," he said. However, he's an independent who supports a surprisingly minimalistic government: "I think we should have stoplights, fire departments, and [a] strategic missile defense," he said.


I'm not a big fan of inexperienced governors but I love that quote.


Tom Selleck: "We should have stoplights, fire departments, and strategic missile defense"

CCWFacts
04-23-2009, 12:45 PM
The only thing good about Gavin is I don't think he could be elected as governor. He's been ok for SF, actually he is on the "conservative" wing of SF politics, but I don't think the rest of the state would tolerate him.

p7m8jg
04-23-2009, 1:09 PM
Jerry Brown is running & he polls higher than Gaaaaavin Newsom so far.

This idiot will screw the state like he did San Francisco.

mfmayes49
04-24-2009, 12:06 PM
WOW!!, I'M sure glad I'm moving in June to Nevada