Stumped? Which is why the national profile of Gavin Newsom is so remarkable. At just 45 years old, California’s second-in-command has been in headlines for the past decade — and has no intention to fading into the background.
Newsom spent last weekend in Washington (on NPR’s Diane Rehm show, “Meet the Press” and at a Jefferson Hotel book party Friday night) promoting his first book, “Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government.”
He goes on like this for a while, sounding like Al Gore 2.0 — no surprise, given he just finished a gig on Current TV. (Democrat Newsom gives props to conservatives Eric Cantor and Darrell Issa for citizen outreach: “They’ve done some very interesting things.” )
He could, of course, have written a book about his two terms as mayor of San Francisco, where he championed same-sex marriage. He could have written about his two years as lieutenant governor — he likes it now, but says “it was a very difficult transition because I was hardwired as mayor . . . There's a reason my favorite show on TV is ‘Veep.’”
But, unlike most lieutenant governors, he’ll probably land a guest spot on the HBO show. Newsom looks more like an actor playing a politician (slicked-back hair, jacket, no tie, big smile) than an actual politician. What else? He’s angling to host another TV show and hinted that a deal may be in the works.
Running for anything else? “Besides running my mouth?” he said. President? “No! No. I’d love to be governor of California.”
And yes, of course he’ll tweet about it, citizens.
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