Tuesday, February 27, 2007

I'm No 'Wacko'

Union City police arrested new age author Han Shin (42). Shin is accused of stalking Gavin Newsom, and on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he tried to run over an ex's roommate.

Shin was charged in November with threatening to kill his 76-year-old mother. Although his parents had a restraining order, the police found him at their house hiding in the closet.

Earlier this week, Newsom sought a restraining order, as his long-time supporter after Shin talked his way into Newsom's apartment building. Once inside, according to court records, he presented the doorman with pictures of himself with Newsom, and another of Newsom standing next to an Asian man wearing only a diaper, and asked if Newsom was home.

Shin showed up regularly at Newsom appearances and recently began displaying "bizarre" behavior towards the Gav. Earlier this month, a police officer had to physically separate the two men after Shin, wearing purple latex gloves, reportedly grabbed Newsom. It's also been reported that he attempted to flirt with the Gav.

Obsession? Purple Latex gloves? What's next?

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Gavin Newsom's running out of hair product at a party put on by the Gap and running out of political capital with each underage party girl. His shirt should read:


Rumor has it that Gav's 20-year old girlfirend, Brittanie Mountz, influenced the new doo. I've got nothing against dating girls half my age and would gladly wear braids too keep my young restaurant hostess with the most(est) happy, but then again... I'm not a Mayor with Presidential ambitions - WTF?! A Bad Hair Day is one thing and the Mayor drinking with a girl who was below the legal drinking age is just dumb.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Mayor McChicken

For those of you that missed it, the above photo of Mayor Gavin Newsom and chicken foe was featured on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle. The backstory is that San Francisco voters passed a non-binding resolution that asks the mayor to appear before the board of supervisors once a month for question time, inspired by British Prime Minister question time, the most only entertaining part of CSPAN. Mayor Newsom has refused, and instead proposed town halls meeting, like the one featured (held last Saturday), where friends of Gav and the general public are invited to attend. Attendees can’t stand to ask questions, and instead write questions down, which are then screened before the mayor answers them. Basically, these meetings will serve as campaign appearances to bolster the mayor’s reelection bid, or so he hoped. Thanks to our feathered friends, the news coverage was dominated by the chicken (get it, ’cause he’s chicken) story.

~ As writen by Mesh Magazine. Click The Mayor McChicken Saga for the complete post.

Mayor's Aide Admits to Dirty Tricks

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's chief spokesman Peter Ragone admitted Wednesday to posting comments on local news-oriented Web sites using the identity of other people.
Ragone had denied using fake names to defend Newsom in online discussions at SFist and other Web sites, insisting the comments were those of the named author, John Nelson, a close personal friend.

The admission came the same day Newsom was confronting a political crisis over revelations he had an affair with an aide who is married to his campaign manager. Suspicion began to center on the blog postings last week after SFist identified the Internet Protocol address for a home computer that Ragone had been using to make comments under his own name.

Editors at the Web site checked to ensure that somebody wasn't impersonating Ragone -- but soon discovered similar comments had been posted from the same home computer but under other names and sometimes early in the morning before 8 a.m.

Other pro-Newsom blog posts made from Ragone's computer were signed by his wife and someone using the name Byorn. Peter Ragone said he didn't recall using the name Byorn.

"If it's from my (computer) IP (address), it must be me."
Newsom's political opponents have equated Ragone's actions with Nixonian political dirty tricks and called for his dismissal.

Click here: Mayor's aide admits ID fake by Cecilia M. Vega, Chronical Staff Writer

Gavin Gives Real Alcoholics A Bad Name!

Gavin Newsom joins Patrick Kennedy and Mark Foley in the most predictable and conniving political move of his wacky career, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom told department heads at City Hall that he is seeking counseling for alcohol abuse.

Why is it that every time a politician gets in trouble, he or she immediately pleads alcoholism and/or drug dependency, prays to God and family for forgiveness, and demands to be coddled like a helpless victim for years to come?

In somewhat of a surprise, Newsom has not entered rehabilitation. In fact, His Honor claims that he does not need to take any time off from his official duties. Of course, it's the after hour, non-official duties that got Da Mayor into hot water in the first place.

By the way, when was the last time that a person really smitten by alcohol abuse was able to avoid taking at least some time off?

Perhaps Newsom is just building a "Jack Daniel's made me do it!" case for his reelection portfolio? You know, convince voters that you are the victim of a medical condition, one so severe that you were driven against your better judgment and moral standards into the amorous clutches of your campaign manager's wife.

Such a strategy requires Newsom to convince voters that he is a "powerless" wimp who would have acted properly if alcohol had not been rammed down his lustful throat.But why would sophisticated voters in a major American city reelect a powerless wimp who has an addiction to booze and wild women?

The truth: Despite all the braggadocio, there are precious few sophisticated voters in San Francisco and, politicians like Gavin Newsom, Patrick Kennedy, and Mark Foley give real alcoholics a bad name!

~ As writen by John Lillpop: Politicians In Recovery Give Real Alcoholics a Bad Name

I Love Your Wife

Entertaining - Yes. Productive - No.

Basically, I like boozing, schmoozing losers winning (and womanizing) as much as the next guy. But, when I’m not watching nighttime dramas, I’m busy watching my city’s homelessness and violence grow – two issues that Gavin campaigned upon and have steadily worsened since his ascendance. I’m indifferent to Gavin’s ‘poor personal decisions.’ Rather, I’m concerned how his ‘poor decisions period’ affects us all. This is why I am moved to post. I’m not political and don’t claim to have any answers. I only know I don’t want to see Gavin win another election.

August 25, 2004

San Francisco’s First Couple: Gavin and former San Francisco prosecutor and Court TV analyst wife, Kimberly Guilfoyle Newsom, in the Harper's Bazaar spread.

Newsom, whose divorce became final a year ago, has dated several women since the affair with Rippey-Tourk.

March 1, 2006

In the midst of a divorce Gavin jets off to Sunset Strip to spend a couple of days in La-La Land with "CSI: Miami" star Sofia Milos at the Chateau Marmont.

October 15, 2006

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's new squeeze, Brittanie Mountz, just turned 20 last month -- and that raises a couple of questions about the couple's nights on the to win.

At the time, Mountz had a MySpace page that said she was 19. It now says she's 26. But according to the Sonoma County registrar of voters, the Rohnert Park resident turned 20 on Sept. 17 -- three weeks and two days before Newsom turned 39.

January 31, 2007

Newsom's former deputy chief of staff, Alex Tourk, resigned as manager of the mayor's re-election campaign after approaching Newsom about his relationship with his wife, Ruby Rippey-Tourk, who worked as the mayor's appointments secretary until last spring.

November 5, 2007

Newsom's current girlfriend, since October, is Jennifer Siebel, an actress and niece of Siebel Systems founder Tom Siebel.

February 1, 2007

Gavin Newsom apologizes for having a sexual relationship with his former campaign manager’s wife, Ruby Rippey-Tourk. Gavin's next move, Rehab.

Coming up: I’d Rather Be Drunk Than Stupid!

Gavin joins the illustrious company of Miss USA Tara Conner, Mel Gibson, Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington, disgraced Pastor Ted Haggard, comic Michael Richards (Kramer), and Senator Robert O'Leary.

Dean Barbella, Staff Writer

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Admits Affair

Gavin and His Guys

Gavin Newsom's womanizing is well documented, but he's not doing any better with men in his life. Gavin Newsom's run in with Alex Tourk who resigned this month as his Campaign Manager marks his second very public break with a very close male friend.

The then San Francisco Supervisor, Gavin Newsom split-up with his society pal, Billy Getty, heir to the Getty oil fortune. Things went south after Billy's new wife, Vanessa, started questioning some of Billy and Gavin's joint financial dealings. And, the fact that the younger Getty once dated Newsom's (then) girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle (now) Newsom's ex-wife.

Kimberly just moved here from Los Angeles to take a job as a deputy in the San Francisco district attorney's office.
Apparently, Vanessa and cohorts inside the D.A.'s office tried to sabotage the hiring.

Read the complete Society Pal's Falling Out Affects Newsom, Getty Families by Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, San Francisco Chronicle

Vote For Your Favorite Gavin Newsom Date

The polls are closed on our Vote For Your Favorite Gavin Newsom Date election and the votes are counted! And your winner, by a commanding lead, is..... BRITTANIE MOUNTZ!

Your results are in pie graph form above -- but if you can't read the names and numbers in those little wedges, here they are in legible form:

Of course, Matier and Ross (who just found out about Jennifer Siebel today) report that things have cooled considerably between Gav and Brittanie. Don't worry, Brit -- you'll always be First Lady in the people's hearts!

~ As posted in SFist.

Gavin Newsom Jokes

"The mayor of San Francisco announced that he is entering rehab. Nice to see him entering something that's not married." --Jay Leno

"Big sex scandal going on in San Francisco. Mayor Gavin Newsom's re-election campaign manager resigned after he found out the mayor was having an affair with his wife. Anytime a guy has an affair with a woman in San Francisco, that is a huge story" --Jay Leno

"The Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, has apologized for having an affair with the wife of his campaign manager. To be fair, he's not the first guy in San Francisco to have sex behind someone's back. ... He also stated this will not stop him from seeking re-election. Good luck trying to find another campaign manager." --Jay Leno

"The mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom, who had sex with the wife of his campaign manager, he announced he's going into alcohol rehab. How insulting is that for the campaign manager? Not only did he have sex with your wife but he had to be drunk to do it." --Jay Leno

"The mayor announced he will enter rehab for alcohol abuse. ... I think the only reason this guy's going into rehab is to meet Lindsay Lohan." --Jay Leno

~Compiled by Daniel Kurtzman, About.com Political Humor.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Bruzzone Asks Gavin Newsom Not To Seek Second Term

Here's link to a video in which ploitical analyst, Arthur Bruzzone, comments for the CBS affliate, KPIX-TV, on the Mayor's recent setbacks (prior to the Ruby Rippey-Tourk scandal) and Newsom's admitted his sometimes lack of enthusiasm for the "job" (his words).

Newsom's Only Competition Is LA Mayor?

In a Newsweek Web Exclusive, Karen Breslau, writes:

Until now, Newsom, with approval ratings around 70 percent, had been considered a shoo-in for re-election in November. And despite controversy over his move three years ago to legalize gay marriage, Newsom, 39, was still considered one of the country’s hottest mayors and a rising star in the Democratic Party.

For now, Newsom has no credible opponent for his re-election bid, even though several city supervisors were reportedly licking their chops at the prospect of Newsom’s downfall. The bigger problem may come down the road, when Newsom is expected to square off against Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, another young Democratic star—for either the U.S. Senate seat held by Diane Feinstein, now 73, or for governor, when Arnold Schwarzenegger’s term expires in 2010.

Click The Mayor and the Mistress in Fog City or the complete article.

Gavin Newsom, Paris Hilton's Sidekick

Paris Hilton had her Sidekick hacked reveaing all the celebrity's phone numbers and emails addresses. One of the numbers belongs Gavin Newsom. Shortly after that incident, Newsom and his wife, cable TV news talking head Kimberly Guilfoyle, split.

The Miami Herald confirms (via an inside Bay Area source) that Paris Hilton and Mayor Newsom had a trist.

Newsom Fumbles 49ers?

November 10, 2006, Gavin Newsom is stunned to learn the San Francisco 49ers plan to pack up and move to Santa Clara. Cecilia M. Vega, Chronicle Staff Writer:

The potential political ramifications associated with losing a National Football League franchise to Silicon Valley were already in the air.

"Whether it's fair or not, the mayor is ultimately going to be blamed for losing
the 49ers," said Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, who has had his own rocky
relationship with the team and Newsom. "Twenty years from now, people may not
remember exactly when the team left, but they are going to say, 'I think it was
when Newsom was mayor.' "
Looks like an uphill battle to keep the team in town. Click Stunned Mayor for the complete article.

Looking for a Few Good Candidates

Jack Davis, a political consultant who helped elect Willy Brown and former Mayor Frank Jordan and was looking for someone to challenge Gavin Newsom, said:

"There is nothing new in that story that I haven't been aware of for the last six months. Now that it's public and out there, Gavin ought to resign and seek psychiatric help."

An excerpt from AIDE QUITS AS NEWSOM'S AFFAIR WITH HIS WIFE IS REVEALED by Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday, February 1, 2007

Davis, who was a consultant to Newsom's 2003 campaign, is convinced that the mayor isn't anywhere near as strong as his numbers suggest.

He figures Newsom's seeming quest for higher office -- while the city's crime and homelessness problems fester -- make him a ripe for a challenge.

"Gavin is all flash and sound bites, and the city is in worse condition than it's ever been in,'' Davis said. "In fact, I think the city was in better shape when Frank Jordan was mayor -- and that's saying something."

An excerpt from S.F.'s top dogs passing the hat at ballot box by Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, Monday, September 25, 2006

Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Peter Principle

By Steven T. Jones, The San Francisco Bay Gardian

How has Mayor Gavin Newsom reacted to his press secretary being exposed as a liar who then accuses Newsom of being a liar? By promoting him to the newly created "director of communications and planning." Amazing. Simply amazing.