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California’s Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom gets the #MeToo treatment

California’s Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom gets the #MeToo treatment

Newsom’s past affair disqualifies him from governorship, Democratic rival Amanda Renteria says.

The “Most Interesting Governor’s Race” in the nation just got a little more interesting.

Legal Insurrection readers who have been following my posts about the 2018 election will recall that California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom failed to get a Democratic Party endorsement but is ahead in all the polls

This has made him a target…of fellow Democrat Amanda Renteria, who is giving Newsom the #MeToo treatment. Renteria is focusing her attacks by citing his affairs while holding public office as a reason not to elect him.

“If he was in the Legislature right now, he’d be called out, and like what we’ve seen, being forced out,” Renteria said in an interview with The Sacramento Bee. “We’ve got to be sending the message that the more power you have, the more responsibility you have to protect others.”

As mayor of San Francisco more than a decade ago, Newsom had an affair with one of his City Hall aides, who was also married to his campaign manager at the time. Newsom has repeatedly apologized for the transgression, and in a Facebook post last month, his former appointments secretary, Ruby Rippey Gibney, said she was “doubtful” it was workplace sexual harassment.

…But Renteria told The Bee that “a boss having sex with his employees is an unacceptable situation.”

“No one should be beyond that accountability,” she said. “The bar needs to be higher. And in fact, the bar is lower here.”

Renteria went on an epic Twitter rant, and cited Newsom’s date with a 19-year old model as troubling and likened it to the sexual harassment case of a state senator who recently was forced to resign over his own scandal.

If you ever wonder about the “state of the state”, then wonder no longer. Here is how then-mayor’s relationship with the young lady was described by the locals.

…So, when the news first broke that San Francisco’s popular 39-year-old mayor Gavin Newsom was dating a 19-year-old model and restaurant hostess (she’s since turned 20), the city buzzed with gossip — and more than a little scuttlebutt — about the City by the Bay’s newest power couple.

…But in tune with the free-thinking spirit of the city, most San Franciscans don’t seem bothered by Newsom’s new romance. “I haven’t heard anyone say anything negative about the young woman he’s seeing,” says Chronicle gossip columnist Leah Garchik. “It’s a live-and-let-live city, and we have a young handsome mayor. More power to them.”

So the next time a 40-something Republican politician has an under-20 date, I will assume it is OK to refer to them as a power couple!!! Bookmark this post for reference, then.

By way of background, Renteria was the political director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Prior to working in politics, she worked for Goldman Sachs, the city of San Jose, and as a high school math teacher. If she doesn’t drink the Napa Valley Chardonnay, she should.

Newsom is still ahead in the polls and seems uninclined to leave the race that has a wide array of candidates. But, in the meantime, enjoy the blue-on-blue battle.


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American Human | March 16, 2018 at 9:10 am

“…forced to resign over his own sandal.” Sorry, just having a little fun.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to American Human. | March 16, 2018 at 9:30 am

    I guess Newsome is no longer a shoe-in, huh? Will he get the boot? Will the Democrats revamp their ticket?

    Fixed. Thank you.

    If I were a betting woman, I would think this is a play by the Democrats for one of two things:

    1) Remove Newsom, so a leading Hispanic candidate can be made Governor, ushering in a whole new era of California politics.

    2) Clear the way for Chiang, who is about as moderate and scandal-free as the Democrats can find in this state.

…But Renteria told The Bee that “a boss having sex with his employees is an unacceptable situation.”

Wait, I thought Bill Clinton made that acceptable for Dimocrats.

    The Clintons are uncool and sins for supporting them have been washed away by publicly confessing at #Look@MeToo, lighting a candle and tithing to a Marxist approved womyns’ charity.

    alaskabob in reply to rinardman. | March 16, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Sen Harris rose in the Dem Party due to Willie Brown’s affair with her. I guess this is the accepted “passing of the torch” within the Party.

The Democrats wrote the new, post Bill Clinton, rules and Newsom has clearly broken them to a degree both sides can agree he’s a cad, unworthy of public trust.

I predict Renteria will get the nomination because so many will not want to give up on bashing Trump.

Amazing how photographs can detect alcohol in a drink.

Yeah, they’re going to give him heck and elect him anyway. If he treats this as a signal he can do whatever he wants, his career will go down in flames, but if this becomes a ‘Come to Jesus’ moment and he bends more to the Pence model of behavior, we may see him as Governor or President someday. (God forbid)

    You may be right, but I believe that leopards don’t change their spots. They may be able to handle him so he appears to move towards the Pence model. His only problem right now is that his behavior makes it inconvenient to bash Trump on his Stormy Daniels behavior.

Kimberly Guilfoyles Ex husband and Nancy Pelosi’s nephew!

buckeyeminuteman | March 16, 2018 at 12:35 pm

Since when did the Democrat party become a bunch of outspoken prudes? All other evidence would suggest otherwise.

American Human | March 16, 2018 at 1:02 pm

Come on, this is California for Pete’s sake. He’s way too handsome to not be elected. He’s trod the correct pathway to power: SF Mayor, LT Governor, now to the TOP Spot in Sacramento, no longer the servant’s quarters.
He can assure himself of election by claiming to be an illegal. Remember now, we are in the age of you are what you claim to be i.e. Black, female, Indian, whatever you claim!!

But…but…he’s got such great hair!!!!!

This is interesting in that I haven’t heard the current governor Brown intercede for his trusted lieutenant, which makes me think the hard leftists of the party don’t want a “whitey” in there, even with the scarlet credentials of Newsom. He may be in trouble.

Nobody cares about his mores. We are discussing Democrats, here!

But, it’s really still OK, he was just drunk out of his mind then. And he only drinks wine now….