Saturday, October 31, 2009

Mayor Gavin Newsom Quits Race for Governor

The surprise news to hit San Franciscans yesterday afternoon was the announcement that Mayor Gavin Newsom is no longer to run for governor of California.

He cited family reasons and the need to concentrate on running the city.

NBC11 quoted from the press release issued by his campaign:

'"I have found it impossible to commit the time required to complete this effort the way it needs to - and should be - done," Newsom said. He said he regretted being unable to continue, but the decision was in the best interests of his wife, young daughter and the city of San Francisco,' reported NBC11 on their website.

Journalist Heather Knight in the San Francisco Chronicle wrote:

'Plagued by low poll numbers and anemic fundraising, and with a newborn daughter at home, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom dropped out of the governor's race on Friday.'

Mayor Newsom had only recently been endorsed by former President Bill Clinton and had been campaigning with him in Los Angeles.

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