By Tim Redmond
Gavin Newsom does, indeed, have opponents this fall, but none of them are going to raise and spent a million bucks; in fact, none of them are going to make this enough of a race that Newsom will need to spend that kind of money. If he laid off his campaign staff today, never did a single rally, event or mailing and spent not a dime on his re-election he would win handily, probably with 60 percent of the vote.
So why does he need to run a $1.6 million campaign?
Answer: He doesn't. Why not demonstrate some civic goodwill, Mr. Mayor, and donate, say, $1 million of that to charity?