Everyone's kind of ducking around it, but according to the Ex, there's someone in San Mateo County with money who wants to see if Jackie Speier could challenger Tom Lantos for his Congressional seat. Former state Senator Speier is ambitious and out of a job; Lantos is decidedly to the right of his district and needs to retire. Hmmmm.
It's been almost a week. The Guardian has moved on to our annual sex issue.
And now Gavin Newsom is seeking "treatment" (which sounds like a lot more than it apparently is) for alcohol abuse, and he wants everything to go back to normal. But as we report in "More Than the Affair," this page, normal at Newsom's City Hall isn't much to be proud of. And in the meantime, a lot of damage is done and not just (or even primarily) to the mayor's career.
When it comes to the sex scandal, Newsom made his own bed. Read more »
So Gavin Newsom admits he has a drinking problem and is going to get counseling. Good for him. I hope he joins AA, goes to meetings, takes it seriously and cleans himself up. If he really has an alcohol problem, it won't be easy, and he deserves all the support he can get.
But frankly, his brand of treatment sounds a bit weak. He's not going into residential rehab; he's not giving up any of his duties. Read more »
I don't care about the mayor's sex life. Frankly, I'd rather not think about it. If he had an affair with a good friend's wife, that's between them. Makes him look like a jerk, but whatever.
There is, however, a more serious issue here, which is that Ruby Tourk was Newsom's employee. An at-will employee who could be fired at any time, at the mayor's call. That's why the city may well get sued here, and why this is really kind of a problem.
It really was, to quote the mayor, a lapse in judgment for the chief executive of a major city. Big time.