Okay, I’ll Take On The Newsom Affair News
I’ve kind of been keeping my eye on the blog posts here, wondering if someone else was going to tackle the issue of Mayor Newsom’s affair, but other than JoAnn’s quick post when news first broke, it seems that we’re all interested in keeping quiet on the subject. Is that because nobody knows what to say about it? Or is it because we just don’t really care that much what the mayor is doing privately?
I’m sure we’ve all gotten the quick facts at this point: Newsom’s campaign manager, Alex Tourk, quit the position recently after his wife, Ruby Rippey-Tourk, confessed to him that she had a brief affair with Newsom more than a year ago when Newsom was going through his own divorce. What are other people saying about the affair? TIME has reported that it could temporarily tarnish Newsom’s reputation but won’t necessarily lead to failure of re-election. The Chronicle reports on potential effects of the affair. And the California Progress Report says that coverage of the event is part of a “growing trend” to cover news of politicians like that of celebrities (although it seems to me that this has been the trend since Kennedy’s handsome faced graced TV screens).
But what really interests me are the things floating around online that have been spawned from the affair. This includes a San Fran Voice suggestion that a sex tape of the affair would sell well in the city, a Craigslist post seeking a Rippey-Tourk look-alike, another (probably fake) post in w4m seeking an affair with Newsom himself and “photos of Gavin Newsom’s lover” on RightCelebrity.com.