Saying his “young family” and his day job were bigger priorities, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom pulled out of the race for California governor today.
Newsom was once a Democratic Party rising star. Then:
- his 2004 gay marriage fiat handed right-wingers an issue to organize around, and some say it helped send George Bush to the White house for a second term.
- His marriage to TV news reporter Kimberly Guilfoyle fell apart at the beginning of 2005.
- In early 2007, he admitted an affair with his campaign manager’s wife, and a problem with alcohol.
- His “it’s gonna happen whether you like it or not” taunting was successfully used against gay marriage by Prop. 8 backers in 2008.
And then in April this year he announced he was running for governor. So we see how well that went.
Newsom’s second term as San Francisco mayor lasts through 2011.