Rockstar energy drink founder and CEO Russell Weiner – son of Michael Weiner, aka Bay Area-based, nationally broadcast conservative talk radio talk host Michael Savage – on Monday made a $25,000 contribution to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Yes, the son of Michael Savage, who just last October was saying Newsom is “in love again with the gay mafia” and “a whack-job as a mayor – ‘Any-twosome’ Newsom.” Y’know, Savage — the guy the Brits don’t care to have around.
Is this a case of the apple falling far from the tree? It’s not as if the junior Weiner has been some raging liberal: He ran for the state Assembly in 1998 as a Republican, touting the fact that he with his dad had founded the conservative Paul Revere Society (later stripped of its nonprofit status, and now redirecting Web browsers directly to Savage’s site.)
So what’s the deal?
“We’re personal friends, went to the same high school at different times,” Weiner told me a short while ago. “And he’s a businessman, I’m a businessman, so I hope he’ll be good for the business community if he’s governor.”
UPDATE @ 12:05 A.M. THURSDAY: Now here’s something interesting I’d forgotten until a reader brought it to my attention tonight – back in 2006, Michael Savage was supporting Jerry Brown in the race for Attorney General! Wonder if that means this Republican father and son will be disagreeing over who to support in next year’s gubernatorial primary – the Democratic primary, that is.