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January 21, 2009
Newsweek does Newsom

The big newsweekly has a feature on San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and his potential run for governor of California in 2010.

Not surprisingly, there's a bit of focus on gay marriage. The story begins:

Gavin Newsom is the sort of politician who leaves an impression. There's his prodigious résumé--at 41, he has started a multimillion-dollar wine business, served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and won election, twice, to serve as that city's mayor. There's his colorful personal life--after divorcing a knockout TV anchorwoman, he had an affair with his campaign manager's wife, an affair Newsom admitted to before then marrying a 34-year-old actress. Then there's his striking appearance--white teeth, long limbs and that hair, big and brown and slicked back on the sides. In spite of being straight, white, rich and male, he's managed to make himself the center of San Francisco politics for the past five years. Not the sort of man you forget. But ask average Californians what they remember about Newsom at the moment, and they're likely to offer six words: "whether you like it or not."

Later in the story, Newsom jokes, "No-Drama Obama? Yeah, that's not me."


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