Gavin Newsom withdraws from governor's race

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced this afternoon that he is pulling out of the California governor's race, citing time constraints and his growing family as the primary reasons for his withdrawal.

"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," he said in a prepared statement.

The statement thanked Newsom's supporters and vowed to continue fighting for universal health care, a cleaner environment, a green economy, better education and civil rights.

Newsom's departure will leave state Attorney General Jerry Brown as the major contender in the 2010 Democratic primary, although Brown has not yet announced his candidacy. The Democrats have no declared candidate.

Newsom's statement

"It is with great regret I announce today that I am withdrawing from the race for governor of California. 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.

"This is not an easy decision. 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.

"When I embarked on this campaign in April, my goal was to engage thousands and thousands of Californians dedicated to reforming our broken system and bringing change to Sacramento.

"I would like to thank those supporters, volunteers, and donors who have worked so hard on my behalf. I have been humbled by their support and am indebted to their efforts. They represent the spirit of change and determination essential to putting California back on the right track.

"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."

--Bay City News contributed to this report.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Realist
a resident of Danville
on Oct 30, 2009 at 4:37 pm

This withdrawl has nothing to do with his "family and responsibilities at city hall". Despite Bill Clinton's endorsement, and trial lawyer money, he was getting crushed in the polls to Jerry Brown. He has no credibility. Of course, he had no problem in destroying traditional marriages, as he is already on his second marriage, admitted committing adultery with his best friends's wife, and the term marriage means nothing to him. Although I differ with Jerry Brown's political views, I respect him as a person of character. Unlike the sleazy mayor of San Francisco!

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Oct 30, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Grab your boots! Get ready for a load of moonshine from Moonbeam.

Remember Governor Moonbeam? He hasn't changed at all. Go Google "california governor's official portraits" and see what he selected to hang in the halls of the State buildings. Compare them to the other governor's selections. Is this what you want more of?

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