It was the closest he's ever been to the San Francisco mayor and probably will be the closest he'll ever get.
Barbella, a 37-year-old software salesman who describes himself as "not really political," runs the Internet blog gavinnewsom sucks.com, a domain name he bought one night a few years back for $7. He originally wanted donaldtrumpsucks.com, but that site was already taken. A friend suggested he try Gavin Newsom's name and it worked.
"My message isn't really anti-Gavin. It's that I want a better San Francisco," said Barbella, whose white-collared shirt had the words gavinsucks.com emblazoned on it with stick-on letters. "But Gavin Newsom does suck because San Francisco isn't what she should be."
Barbella, bourbon and Coke in hand, commiserated about life in San Francisco under Newsom at a party in the Mission District on Thursday night thrown by the League of Young Voters and another anti-Newsom blog, Gavinwatch.com.
"You should look at my bike helmet and see the stickers all over it," the 63- or 64-year-old (he couldn't remember his exact age) Noe Valley resident said. "It's a testament to lost causes, and I believe in every single one of them."