Agnos: "I think Gavin's gonna lose"

Agnos spoke to the Guardian during Jane Kim's supervisorial kickoff event last night.
Steven T. Jones

Former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos told the Guardian last night that he'd welcome the chance to be appointed a “caretaker mayor” for a year if Mayor Gavin Newsom wins his race for lieutenant governor, but he doesn't think he'll get that chance because “I think Gavin's gonna lose.”

Agnos is one of several names that have been bandied about in the discussions of who the Board of Supervisors might appoint as acting mayor for a year if none of the top candidates running for mayor in 2011 – such as Aaron Peskin, Mark Leno, Leland Yee, or Dennis Herrera – are able to get six votes on the board in January 2010, when Newsom would vacate the Mayor's Office if he moves on to Sacramento.

“I'm available, but I don't need it,” Agnos said, noting that he would agree to not run for a full-term in 2011, which would be the main criteria for a caretaker mayor, a concept that would prevent any mayoral candidate from gaining the advantage of incumbency.

But Agnos said that Abel Maldonado, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, will be a tough challenge for Newsom, both because he's a moderate Latino with a compelling personnel story, and because rich Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman will likely give Maldonado all the money and support he needs so she doesn't have a Democratic rival as lieutenant governor.

As Agnos told us, “She will give him whatever he need to bury Newsom.”


Newsome's whole political career has been hoovering money out of the wealthy, first the Getty's and now downtown mega-cadres.

Other than the oil bucks family whose fortune first propelled him, none of them have Megabuck's wallet. Poor Gav--sucking up to the rich only to be buried by same.

One of life's little ironies. And to think--a track record of protecting the rights and well-being of the average person would have gone a lot farther than the handful of moneyed donors he's assiduously courted for years.

Tough shit, Gav.

Posted by Guest Johnny Wendell on Jun. 25, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

This is a case of leftist cognitive dissonance on the part of the The Guardian and more particularly - on the part of Steven Jones, who, consumed with hatred of Gavin Newsom would rather engage in a wink-wink, nudge-nudge campaign to propel a right-wing conservative (Maldonado is not a "moderate" by any stretch of the imagination) into office to cement a reactionary attempt to strip CA of any progressive attempts at constitutional reform. And to complete the destruction of the safety net in this state.

Agnos and Jones would rather sacrifice women and children's health care, our university system and more on the flaming altar of their pure, poisonous hatred of the mayor.

This would be rather stunning were it not so predictable. In the same vein as Peskin's approach to politics ("Payback is a bitch") they'd happily see the whole state go down the tubes vs. having a progressive lt. governor - if that lt. governor happens to be Newsom.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Jun. 25, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

LS, we support Gavin in this race, so I'm not sure what you're talking about. I've never hated Gavin, although I wish he was the progressive you think he is rather than a fiscal conservative who has hindered progressive reforms and asked more from unions than his downtown allies.

Posted by steven on Jun. 25, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

It would seem though, from these stories on his vulnerabilities, that the staff of The Guardian were hoping he'd lose. So it's reassuring to know that you'll support him and endorse him. Because his opponent may be Hispanic but he's most certainly not moderate.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Jun. 25, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

I've come to bury Newsom rather than to praise him.

He's proven himself so adept at governance that he should be put out of our misery lest he rise to become a Dianne Feinstein slash Evan Bayh clone in the US Senate.

I don't see where Agnos WANTS Newsom to win, just that he sizes up the situation where an attractive moderate Latino Republican can easily take an entitled, petulant conservative Democrat who has managed to both alienate conservatives and liberals alike with his ill-timed same sex marriage ploy, that had some impact on delivering Bush II another term and his fucking of his best friends' wife, city employees both, as well as alienating progressives by his hostile posture towards labor and attacks on tenants, public health, etc.

Nope, we gotta take this one for the team and sit on this grenade.


Posted by marcos on Jun. 28, 2010 @ 11:52 am

Where Agnos wants Newsom to LOSE, that should be.


Posted by marcos on Jun. 28, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

Uh, Steve. Art Agnos is a useless blowhard of whom the more intelligent among the ranks of prog leadership have washed their hands. Total joke. Credibility = zilch. Just ask your bosses if you don't know the history. Then check in with Daly for more recent evidence.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 28, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

I.E., Gavin is not likely to win

Posted by Guest on Jun. 29, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

I.E., Gavin is not likely to win

Posted by Guest on Jun. 29, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

eMeg is going to stand so close to that moderate Latino, it'll look like they're dating.

Besides personal & professional antipathy, Jerry Brown has no reason to buddy up to a pro-gay, adulterous, alcoholic.

Gavin isn't going anywhere.

Posted by Progressively poor on Jun. 29, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

If Gavin Nuisance loses in the fall, will we still have him around till the next election?

Posted by Guest Colin Campbell on Jul. 01, 2010 @ 9:50 am