Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 49 / 7 December 2017
 

Newsom bows out of gov race

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who made worldwide headlines when he ordered city officials to marry same-sex couples in 2004, abruptly bowed out of the 2010 governor’s race Friday, October 30.

“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.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsom canceled a planned fundraiser in southern California, leading to speculation he was leaving the race.

Newsom, 42, had been lagging in public opinion polls and fundraising for months, trailing Attorney General Jerry Brown by as much as 20 points. Brown has not formally declared himself a candidate for governor – a job he held for two terms in the 1970s – but is widely expected to seek the office.

Newsom enjoyed support from many in the LGBT community because of his actions in 2004, just a few weeks after being sworn in as mayor, that allowed same-sex couples to marry. The weddings continued for a month, and the marriages were later invalidated by the state Supreme Court, setting he stage for the court’s ruling last year that legalized same-sex marriage.

However, the passage of Proposition 8 last November ended the nuptials.

[Updated: Openly gay San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty said he was “stunned” by Newsom’s announcement.

“I’m really stunned,” said Dufty, who this month announced he is running for mayor in 2011.

Dufty said Newsom ran a good campaign, and inspired people, despite the fact that he was unable to parlay that support into campaign contributions.

“I think he was a great candidate,” Dufty said.

In his statement, Newsom said that he would “continue to fight for change and the causes 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.”]

— Cynthia Laird, October 30, 2009 @ 3:42 pm PST
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