April 21st, 2009
01:18 PM ET
13 years ago

San Fran mayor officially announces his bid for governor

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(CNN) - Gavin Newsom has made it official. The San Francisco mayor on Tuesday formally declared his intent to enter California's gubernatorial race.

The California Democrat used the new media social-networking sites Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook to announce his bid to succeed the current governor, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"We can't afford to keep returning to the same old tired ideas and expect a different result," Newsom said in a three-minute YouTube announcement on his Web site, GavinNewsom.com. "I'm a candidate for governor of California because I know we can do better."

But Newsom could face a tough challenge in the Golden State's Democratic primary, with competition from Lt. Gov. John Garamendi and state Attorney General Jerry Brown.

"Gavin Newsom has a formidable obstacle in former California governor and current Attorney General Jerry Brown, who much better known statewide and has deep roots in the Democratic party, especially with Hispanic voters," said CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider.

"Newsom has said that he's the Barack Obama in the race and that Brown is the Hillary Clinton, meaning that Newsom is young and fresh and that Brown is out of date. Brown tells me he thinks that argument is silly and irrelevant," Schneider said. "There is one issue that Newsom is linked, and that is gay marriage. He allowed same-sex marriages in San Francisco until the courts intervened. This could be a plus for him in the Democratic primary but a problem in the general election."

Updated after the jump

UPDATE: Republican California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman announced Tuesday that her gubernatorial exploratory committee is “on track” to raise at least $5 million by June 30. The former president and CEO of Ebay announced her candidacy for governor in February.

“I’m honored that people are investing in the cause to create A New California,” Whitman said in a statement released Tuesday.

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soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Jay

    For the love of all things that is good.. PLEASE do not let this man be governor of California! He's a perv!!!

    April 21, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Val from NYC

    Go Gavin!!

    April 21, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    California and Gavin Newsom----both deserving of each other.

    April 21, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. S

    That last thing we need is that TWISTED SF Mayor running our already screwed up State. Just because those liberals in the Bay Area believe certain things, doesn't mean we need their leader to guide the rest of the State.

    April 21, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Karen - Missouri

    I'm sure Californians will figure it out for themselves. I would be surprised that no matter who the Democrat is, they certainly don't want Republicans in office.

    April 21, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Kevin in Ohio

    The Left Coast will get exactly what it deserves if they elect this extremely dangerous person.

    April 21, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Dan Gresham

    Let California have him

    April 21, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Mary - Independent

    Sure, why not! Let it all "hang out"! From one "do-nothing" governor to another! How much worse can California get? This State is not for the people, but rather for the Politicians and I, as a Californian, am seeing this once beautiful place "take a nose dive"!

    April 21, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Waddell

    Oh no! Not this guy! What is becoming of this State? Can it go even lower and murkier? Is this the best we can do? If so, I know it's time to get out before things deteriorate even further. Billion $ deficits, taxes up the gazoo and now this whacko personality pursuing the Governorship. Where does it end? He'd be better off to run for... housing official to the downtrodden... Please Californians, DO NOT BRING SAN FRANCISCO TO THE ENTIRE STATE. Woe is us. It's bad now and looking pretty grim... Los Angeles Mayor or San Francisco Mayor... Some (NO) choice. Where are the good guys? women? Do you have to be an egomaniac and possessed power mongerer to run for office? What about just wanting to serve the people? Is that out of date now? Old world idea? Serve the people... not oneself...

    April 21, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. single mom

    What no one wants to admit is that the state constitution of California has been amended to the point that percentages of the budget are automatic and there is very little wiggle room to cut from.

    California needs to completely overhaul the constitution and get some common sense. As a current resident of the loopy state, I'm not holding my breath.

    April 21, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Brad - Wildomar CA

    No way, no how!!! I'm not an activist but I would be out on the street waving signs against this guy. He's isolated his city from the mainstream of American and turned it into a parking lot for every wacko liberal agenda imaginable. He has ignored the law at his convenience, and made a mockery of the process of law that is the backbone of our constitution. Governor of California? I don't think so!!!! I think a lot of Californians feel the same way.

    April 21, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Ms Hudson

    He won't ever become governor...of California.

    Californians don't want same-sex marriage, and he was the man who told them they were getting homosexual marriages "whether you like it or not."

    He then proceeded to show the world what character and integrity he lacks by having an affair with his best friend's wife.....

    Newsom is NOTHING like Barack Obama. There's absolutely NO comparison. And what volumes it speaks about Newsom to declare himself as such.

    April 21, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. Bill/CA

    As a Democrat, I'm disappointed that Arnold isn't running for re-election. He's made some tough but necessary decisions that I don't think anyone in the GOP or DNC in CA has the guts to make. I like Newsom, and will definitely support him if his opponent is Meg "Fee-bay" Whitman, but I think the focus needs to be on fiscal responsibility while also making CA a more attractive place for businesses.

    April 21, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. Deborah

    Newsom is a JOKE!

    April 21, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Cliff

    As one who lives in California all I can say is.....PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS A JOKE??? This guy is garbage. On sceond thought that is what most of the voters in California support and is proven by the "wackos" they continue to put in Sacto.
    Time to move to Kingman!!!!!!!

    April 21, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. smokey

    No one can try or pretend to be President Obama..These Republicans still are trying to jump on the band wagon..They want to have it both ways..They criticize everything Pres Obama does, but in the same vein , they continue to try to imitate him..I guess it is true what they say, " that imitation is the strongest form of flattery"......But,
    there is only one President Obama and they better get use to

    April 21, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. rg

    The valleycrats will probably decide this election. Choosing between 2 space cadets like Newsom and Brown means that there should be a third choice–"None of the above."

    April 21, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    The Jerry Brown? He's still around? Wow, I remember him from the 70s...

    April 21, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. Joseph, Los Angeles California

    I think Gavin Newsom will make a great governor for the state of California. He has the experience and the compassion for all Californians... yes, "all Californians."

    April 21, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Jackie in Dallas

    Newsom is no Jerry Brown. With Brown's experience and name recognition, not to mention that whoeever wins the primary is going to be fighting an uphill battle against even bigger names in the election, I think that the winner better be the best Democrat to counter the GOP!

    April 21, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. indepent voter supporting her

    go whitman

    April 21, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    Big surprise. He has does nothing but position himself for this announcement since he became Mayor.

    April 21, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Rick

    It just gets worse and worse in California.

    April 21, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Margaret

    That's great news! Maybe he can declare the State of California a sanctuary state.

    Oh wait....it already is!

    April 21, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. Deb

    I like this guy, Newsome. He's very outspoken and being the mayor of the city, everyone has health care. He should make a fine Governor.

    April 21, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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