Lacking both money and political momentum, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom withdrew from the California governor's race today."With a young family and responsibilities at City Hall, 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 in a statement.
"This is not an easy decision," he said. "But it is one made with the best intentions for my wife, my daughter, the residents of the city and county of San Francisco, and California Democrats."
Jesus, who in California gives a damn about any of that right now? Those are the sorts of visions of grandeur that got CA into trouble in the first place. Rather than behaving like a state, and concentrating on its core competence of education, law enforcement, and maintaining public works; CA government has acted as a pseudo-member of the UN, showing more concern for trendy causes like "green" tech and stem cell research, rather than the more mundane powers of state government like ensuring we have an adequate the water supply.
There had been speculation Newsom might settle for a spot in the lieutenant governor's race, with Brown at the top of the ticket. The mayor did not address that or anything else about his future in today's statement. His term as mayor runs through January 2012.
"I will continue to fight for change and the causes and issues for which I care deeply - universal health care, a cleaner environment, and a green economy for our families, better education for our children, and, of course, equal rights under the law for all citizens," Newsom said.