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Obama in the race and that Brown is the Hillary Clinton, meaning that Newsom is young and fresh and that Brown is out of date.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. paulernestshow

    We need quality leaders across America, these days. Gavin appears too liberal and not not much substance. He should wait a lot longer. He has potentials that need to be developed.

    April 21, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. JCSF

    I feel that of the names mentioned Mr. Newson is the most in touch with reality, and with the people of California.
    They are all worthy candidates, but I seriously question Meg Whitman's intentions and qualifications. While she is educated and successful in the business world, making donations, giving speeches does not qualify her to be a governor.

    April 21, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. TjayeInLA

    That's nice, but Villaraigosa will be our next Governor.

    April 21, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Dace Tucson AZ

    Yeah one of the best and most courageous politicians in America – finally CA gets rid of the celebrity nightmare that has all but ruined the state.

    April 21, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. s

    Newsom doesnt think much of Hillary. Im sure that will resonate with voters. Newsom doesnt look much like president Obama. Newsom has lost already.

    April 21, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. sammy

    As a liberal, you can sure bet i will do everything in my power to defeat divisive two-sum Newsom. He should have stayed out of prop 8.
    You are going down Newsom !!!

    April 21, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Jack

    I bet he can't balance their budget either. Just spend more.

    April 21, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Robert Matheny

    Cool, Newsom rocks!

    April 21, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Evan

    I am a registered Democrat from the Bay Area. Thanks, Gavin Newsom, for being so tunnel-visioned in 2004 that you basically worked for Karl Rove in getting Bush reelected. Without your hard work we would have had President John Kerry, not the disaster of another four years of Bush. Northing like focusing the nation's attention on gay marriage with all your antics rather than the Iraq War that year.

    If Newsom wins the primary I'll be voting for Meg Whitman the Republican. Newsom is so irresponsible he is not qualified to serve in any elective office outside of San Francisco.

    April 21, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Ennis, LA

    Newsome has the most political damage of any Democrat so far
    mentioned; Steve Westley, the least. Look for a bruising primary.
    If the Hispanic Mayor of L.A. runs, Brown's hopes fade quickly.
    Bad blood will spill over into November and the Republicans, who know how to avoid bruising campaigns, can win it.

    April 21, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Steph

    He looks like Sean Penn.

    April 21, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Zealan Whatley

    Brown is running for governor AGAIN???

    April 21, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Andy in Texas

    I love this guy! California would do very well with Gavin Newsom.

    April 21, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. gabe

    I think Newsom would make a great governor of California.

    April 21, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Anthony R

    He has my vote!

    April 21, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Kpawlak

    Unbelievable. This guy is a joke.

    April 21, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Liberal and Proud of It dot com

    I like the Governator. He should be the leader of the new Republican party.

    April 21, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Wayne

    I hope he wins and then runs for president in 2012. I'd vote for him in a flash!

    April 21, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. Ron

    Good. Let's get someone in there, preferably a Democrat ,who won't be another idiot like Arnold. He was just worthless.

    April 21, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Jack

    Gavin Newsom has had marriage problems of his own – so as a Californian and a democrat I would rather have Jerry Brown

    April 21, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Ricci

    hmm, very interesting to see how this turns out.

    April 21, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. paul coke

    Gavin maybe right. Jerry Brown had his day back when. We need new views, new approaches to solving problems, and Gavin will be in a tough fight from many sources. As for John G. well isn't he an also ran?

    April 21, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. Sharon-NY

    Gavin Newsom had cheated on wife and affair with the wife of his aid
    then, divorced bitterly. May be he can cheate on Californian resisdents,too.

    April 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. DJ, Los Angeles

    Jerry Brown is a better choice by far. The state has too many issues to get involved in perpetual legal debates about gay marriage...nothing would ever get done because all people would do is fight/argue about gay rights.

    April 21, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. bob in LA

    Glad "they're" running! Why do politicains feel they need to say "WE" when thye mean "ME"?

    April 21, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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