As lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom has had few duties — and he skipped many of them

By Seema Mehta

After Gavin Newsom was elected lieutenant governor, he repeatedly made clear his frustration with the job and its lack of responsibilities. The official portfolio for the office is thin, including sitting on boards that oversee the state's higher education system and public lands, leading an economic council and serving as acting governor when California's chief executive is out of state or otherwise unavailable... Newsom's responsibilities as lieutenant governor are much more limited in scope, a point he has frequently drawn attention to. Before he ran for lieutenant governor in 2010, he derided the role as having "no real authority and no real portfolio."... Two years into the job, during a break in filming his Current TV show, Newsom was asked by friend and hotelier Chip Conley how frequently he went to Sacramento. "Like one day a week, tops," Newsom said. "There's no reason.… It's just so dull.

Respected Public Service Leader Pens Open Letter to Democratic Legislators Asking Them Not To Support Gavin Newsom For Governor

Jadine Chin Nielsen says Newsom does not have the judgment and character to effectively lead the world’s 6th largest economy and the important efforts to end the culture of sexual harassment afflicting the state house and California politics

San Francisco, CA – In a letter dated April 5, 2018 sent to every Democrat in the California legislature, Asian American Small Business PAC Chair Jadine Chin Nielsen urges them not to support Gavin Newsom for governor.

Poll: Gubernatorial Frontrunner Gavin Newsom Vulnerable When Facts About Past Behavior While Mayor of San Francisco Are Shared

When people know the facts about Gavin Newsom — his misbehavior as Mayor of San Francisco, his relationship with a 19-year old student, and his sexual history with a married woman —voters agree: Gavin Newsom is not the right choice for Governor. 

We can’t afford to vote for Gavin Newsom, or we’ll risk all of the progress we’ve made in California. 

Newsom... in Close Race for Democratic Party’s Endorsement for CA Governor


The endorsement battle proved competitive in the governor’s race at at Saturday’s California Democratic Party convention, where John Chiang and Gavin Newsom were locked in a close race for the party’s nod.

After the votes were tallied, no consensus was reached for a gubernatorial candidate ...

The endorsement caucuses Saturday night could be a key factor in narrowing the field in the seven congressional races in California that are key to Democrat’s hopes of winning back the House of Representatives.


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Asian American Small Business PAC is funding a critical voter education effort, You Don’t Know Gavin, to shed renewed light on Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s irresponsible and reprehensible conduct while Mayor of San Francisco that included a sexual relationship with a vulnerable subordinate, dating a teenage college student two decades his junior, and appointing a high-level executive that was forced to resign for sexually harassing a woman employee.

Readers React Opinion: Will the #MeToo movement affect the fortunes of Newsom and Villaraigosa? We can only hope

By Howard C. Mandel, Los Angeles

Gubernatorial candidates Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa were in positions of power when they had extramarital affairs as mayors of, respectively, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In Newsom's case, he confessed to an affair with a woman who worked for him; Villaraigosa had a relationship with a Telemundo reporter. We should expect powerful leaders not to take advantage of their positions of power as Villaraigosa and Newsom did.

Opinion: Gender gap may help Democrats

By Tom Elias

The most dramatic news in the year’s first big round of political polling, out a few days ago, was that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, once the prohibitive leader in the run for governor, has fallen into a virtual tie for first place with former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the seven-candidate field of significant candidates... That’s somewhat ironic in this year of #MeToo revelations of sexual harassment in politics and business, since both ex-mayors have had well-publicized sexual incidents that both say they now deeply regret.

How will the #MeToo movement shape California's race for governor? Voters are starting to find out

By Seema Mehta and Phil Willon

But heightened scrutiny of powerful men's behavior has led to a new focus on Newsom and Villaraigosa's relationships while in office, and questions about whether the affairs will affect their chances of being elected California's next governor. Former Rep. Ellen Tauscher, a confidante of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, said it depends on whether voters believe Newsom and Villaraigosa have learned from experience and changed… "We're talking about one-offs, but when it starts to look like it's a pattern, that's not a mistake," she added. "It's wrong and it's behavior." Christine Pelosi, the chair of the California Democratic Party's Women's Caucus, said anyone running for governor of California should expect intense scrutiny of their sexual indiscretions.

Former aide to Gavin Newsom speaks out about their affair while he was San Francisco mayor

By Seema Mehta and Phil Willon

Newsom and Rippey Gibney had an affair when she worked as the then-mayor's appointments secretary. At the time, she was married to the Democrat's campaign manager and friend, Alex Tourk.

‘Serious marital infidelities’ charged in California governor’s race

By Christopher Cadelago

Newsom has repeatedly apologized since his affair with his appointments secretary came to light in 2007. Ruby Rippey-Tourk, the aide to the then San Francisco mayor, was married at the time to Newsom’s campaign manager and one of his closest strategists. Newsom himself was going through a divorce.