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.

3 Comments so far

  1. Mik M (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2007 @ 10:16 pm

    Don’t you mean, “since Kennedy’s face was handsome?” Oh, wait… you meant someone other than Ted, didn’t you?

    I think that subjecting our politicians to the same level of attention (or, ideally, greater) as we devote to our movie stars is actually a Good Thing. I would only quibble about where we set the bar.

  2. Chester (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 3:35 am

    – I don’t think the story will hurt Newsom irrevocably in terms of his standing in the City.
    – It will, however, probably have long-reaching ramifications upon whatever political aspirations he might have had outside/above the City of SF.
    – In general, I think this sort of personal scandal is a stupid “non-story”.
    – But, in this case, it involves his administration and thus fundamentally is city business and fair game.
    – It’s a real shame that his own personal misconduct is probably going to end up adding more fuel to the Right’s equation of liberalism with immorality.

  3. Mike (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 8:42 am

    There is an old saying “A stiff prick has no conscience!” and more and more I realize that truer words were never spoken. I’m sure Gavin and Ted Kennedy and Bubba Clinton (and lots of Republicans too!) would strongly agree. Me thinks Gavin has reached a political dead end in San Francisco…and that’s too bad! He should have just fantasized about Ruby and masturbated (works for me!)

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