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Newsom out of governor’s race

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has withdrawn from the governor’s race.

Here is Newsom’s statement sent a few minutes ago:

It is with great regret I announce today that I am withdrawing from the race for governor of California.

With a young family and responsibilities at city hall, I have found it impossible to commit the time required to complete this effort the way it needs to – and should be – done.

This is not an easy decision. But it is one made with the best intentions for my wife, my daughter, the residents of the city and county of San Francisco, and California Democrats.

When I embarked on this campaign in April, my goal was to engage thousands and thousands of Californians dedicated to reforming our broken system and bringing change to Sacramento.

I would like to thank those supporters, volunteers, and donors who have worked so hard on my behalf. I have been humbled by their support and am indebted to their efforts. They represent the spirit of change and determination essential to putting California back on the right track.

I will continue to fight for change and the causes and issues for which I care deeply – universal health care, a cleaner environment, and a green economy for our families, better education for our children, and, of course, equal rights under the law for all citizens.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • J

    Hopefully another Dem will jump in the race. I really don’t want to vote for Brown, but I will if the R’s don’t select Campbell.

  • John W.

    Same as “J” above. I’d love a chance to vote for Campbell in the general. But, if elected, Brown could surprise us. At his age, he’s got no other political ambitions or any need to soft-peddle his agenda for the sake of getting re-elected for a second (er, make that fourth term). In dealing with the Dems in the zoo we call a legislature, he could do the equivalent of Nixon going to China — tell them and the interest groups who own them to cut the crap, get real and do what’s right for the state for a change. Of course, he’d need to do that with nutty voters too. I can dream, can’t I?

  • Elwood

    “equal rights under the law for all citizens.”

    Interesting choice of words.

    But what about our illegal alien friends, Gavin?

  • freak of the far right

    It is sickening when politicians say they are quitting because of their children. If he was raising $$$$ and was leading in the polls he would be in the race whole hog. If he really wanted to spend time with his kids he would not be running at all.

  • freak of the far right

    It is sickening when politicians say they are quitting because of their children. If he was raising $$$$ and was leading in the polls he would be in the race whole hog.

  • Clarence

    Ellwood: “illegal alien friends” is an oxymoron.

  • Mike F.

    Uh, he never stood a chance. He cheated on his wife. He broke the trust of a campaign manager by sleeping with the manager’s wife. The guy is good-looking, but too slick to make it on the big stage. He’s the California version of Edwards.