‘Governor Newsom?’

During her big rally this evening in downtown Oakland, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton was talking about the progressive values she’d like to see California export to the rest of the nation when she praised the work of “Governor Newsom.”

“Uh, Mayor Newsom,” she corrected herself, as San Francisco’s mayor blushed and bobbed and the crowd… went… WILD. “That’s what he told me to say, and I guess I can see why,” Clinton quipped.

Newsom is, of course, among rumored Democratic gubernatorial contenders for 2010. Among the others is state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, who was onstage for Clinton’s slip of the tongue and just smiled dutifully.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.