Politics Blog

Newsom's dodge

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By Chris Albon
Mayor Gavin Newsom is still dodging questions about his affair with his campaign manager’s wife and his alcohol problem, even as masses of reporters show up at his public appearances, such as today’s event touting a PG&E program.
The small press conference at the Academy of Art University on San Francisco’s new $11.5 million Energy Watch program, sponsored primarily by PG&E, was Newsom’s first event since he announced yesterday that he was seeking treatment for alcohol abuse at Delancey Street Foundation. Read more »

Into the void

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By Steven T. Jones
Mayor Gavin Newsom has refused to take any questions about his affair or drinking problem -- and we don't intend to turn to his press secretary for answers anymore -- so I called his campaign spokesperson Eric Jaye this afternoon to pose a couple questions and let him know that we expect to pose a few more directly to Newsom, whether or not he wants to answer them. Read more »

The ick factor

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By Steven T. Jones
There are lots of icky aspects to Mayor Newsom's sex scandal, most not actually involving the sex which, lets face it, involved two hot young people. No, the icky parts deal with the betrayal of a close friend, the reckless disregard for his public responsibilities, and what it says about Newsom's character. Read more »

On a lighter note (maybe)

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By Tim Redmond

I still wonder if our mayor is really an android. A Soong-type android.

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I mean, Data had some problems of his own when he hit the Polywater.

What's the cop union pissed about now?

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By G.W. Schulz

Welcome to another edition of "What's the cop union pissed about now?" where we summarize the open contempt and paranoia filling the POA Journal, the official publication of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, which leads each month with a generally aimless yet sometimes hilarious diatribe on somebody or something in the city from the union's outspoken president Gary Delagnes.

The mayor seeks "counseling"

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By Tim Redmond

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 »

JOSH'S 169th DAY

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by Amanda Witherell

Well, it's not exactly cause for celebration, but Tuesday, February 6 will be Josh Wolf's 169th day in jail and he'll now be known as the journalist with the longest record of incarceration for contempt in US history. Read more »

Fascinating tidbits

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By Tim Redmond

From the what-did-they-know-and-when-did-they-know-it department:

Fog City Journal reported friday that the folks at that online pub had asked Ruby Tourk in December about the rumors of her affair with the mayor. A short excerpt:

When we asked Ms. Tourk in early December about the deafening whispers, she denied everything and clammed up. Read more »

Now THIS is funny

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Take a deep breath,everyone

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By Tim Redmond

Our editorial on this whole mess is here