SF Dem group snubs Newsom for Lt. Gov.

The political action committee of San Francisco for Democracy – a grassroots progressive group “inspired by the leadership of Howard Dean” – released its slate of endorsements yesterday for November’s election. The group endorsed Democrats for every congressional, legislative and statewide office – with the exception of the lieutenant governor’s office, for which San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is the Democratic nominee.

The group’s website indicates the 60 percent threshold for endorsement wasn’t reached for that race during an Aug. 17 endorsement meeting. I couldn’t immediately reach the group’s president or communication director this afternoon, and my query to Newsom’s campaign wasn’t immediately returned. The campaign of Republican incumbent Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado chose not to comment.

Two polls last month – one commissioned by Maldonado’s campaign, the other independent – showed Newsom and Maldonado in a statistical dead heat.

UPDATE @ 12:47 P.M. FRIDAY: First, I was mistaken in calling San Francisco for Democracy an “SF Dem group” – it’s a nonpartisan progressive club, president Tim Durning said in a voicemail he left for me this morning. Durning went on to explain that Green candidate Jimi Castillo and Peace & Freedom candidate C.T. Weber got enough support from members of the club that Gavin Newsom didn’t have enough left to break the 60 percent threshold required for an endorsement; Republican Abel Maldonado was “a nonfactor in the race,” he said.

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.

  • Elwood

    I too have been “inspired by the leadership of Howard Dean”!


  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Howard Dean’s following lives! I bet they say Jimmy Carter was a great leader.

  • John W

    I don’t imagine Newsom minds the snub too much. Might even help. Howard Dean is not as left as some of his followers.

  • Elwood

    “Howard Dean is not as left as some of his followers.”

    Such as Newsom?


    Good grief, John W, is there no depth to which you will not sink?

  • John W

    Boy Scouts Honor, Elwood. I’ve met the man (Dean, that is). Not saying he’s conservative, but he is moderate in his personal views on some things and very liberal on others. He’s a Vermonter. Not a big pro-union or gun control guy, for example. Remember, he’s the guy who, while DNC chairman, bumped heads with Rahm Emanuel on the 2006/2008 Congressional campaign strategy. Rahm wanted to put all the money in blue states and districts to nail those down. Dean wanted to spread the money and effort around for a 50-state strategy. Dean prevailed, which accounts for the Dems big wins. Problem is, lots of those wins were in normally Republican districts. So, the Blue Dogs Dean recruited to run in those districts pissed off the Move-On folks; on health care reform, for example. And, most of those districts are likely to go back to their normal GOP voting pattern this year, which is a major reason things are looking so grim for Dems. I attended a Howard Dean book signing last year, and one of his good friends who attended was a former moderate GOP U.S. Senator from Minnesota — one of the few Republicans I’ve ever voted for for federal office back when I lived in MN.

  • Common Tater

    Gavin Newsom is a person well worth snubbing.