San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom quit his campaign for Governor over the weekend. Undeclared opponent Jerry Brown had out-raised him 8 to 1. Today’s Chronicle outlines how his ego got in the way of a good campaign. Although, as I reported in August, it seemed that the issues he stood for really were not in line with those of California Democratic voters. The combination of appearing aloof and elitist, as the Chronicle commented on today, along with being out of touch with California voters makes it hard to win.
The gubernatorial campaign leaves 1970s Democratic Governor Jerry Brown pretty much unopposed at the moment for the Democratic nomination. On the Republican side, there is Meg Whitman (Ebay CEO), Steven Poizner, and Tom Campbell.
Those celebrating the fall of Newsom should temper their enthusiasm because Brown is on many issues to the left of almost everyone and has long been a champion for organized labor and social liberals.