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Lt. Gov. and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is getting involved in the brewing budget battles by pitching Gov. Jerry Brown's message in a Web video recorded for the California Democratic Party and released this morning.

Since taking the oath of office Jan. 10, Newsom has been feeling his way in his limited role, which gives him virtually no power over the budget process. The one-time gubernatorial hopeful has expressed in no uncertain terms that he would relish a chance to participate.

Newsom gets his shot in the 79-second video, in which he says, "I agree with the governor. It's not going to be easy. But by working together, as Californians first and foremost, we can get our state back on the road to recovery and back to being a world leader. On behalf of the governor, I'm asking for your help throughout this process."

Newsom was also scheduled to appear today in San Francisco, where he kicked off the State of Green Business Forum drawing clean energy executives and experts.



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