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Miller & McNerney urge Weiner to resign

Though they didn’t respond to my inquiry yesterday, Reps. George Miller, D-Martinez, and Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, both issues statements today calling upon Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., to resign for having sent lewd photos of himself to women using Twitter and Facebook.

“I am very troubled by Rep. Weiner’s sad and tragic actions and I believe he should resign,” said Miller, who as chair of the House Democratic Policy Committee ranks among his caucus’ leaders. “I think that Rep. Weiner, his family and the Congress will be better off if he addresses his personal problems as a private citizen and not as a public representative.”

Said McNerney: “Anthony Weiner’s behavior is unacceptable. Public officials should be held to the highest standards and, clearly, he has failed in this area. He should do the right thing for the people he represents and for the integrity of our government.”

ROCKSTAR CEO, nixed by Newsom, embraces gays

ROCKSTAR Energy Drink CEO Russell Weiner – a longtime friend of San Francisco Gavin Newsom, whose gubernatorial campaign in May returned Weiner’s $25,000 contribution – announced today his company will expand its LGBT corporate policies and make a total of $100,000 in donations to several prominent LGBT groups.

The polices “mark steps by ROCKSTAR to demonstrate support for the LGBT community,” the company’s news release says.

“It has recently come to ROCKSTAR’s attention that there might be a misconception about our company’s policy and my personal support for LGBT rights,” Weiner said in the news release. “We apologize for that misunderstanding, and want to make clear today that our company fully supports our LGBT employees and our LGBT customers.”

“Some have erroneously associated our company with offensive language directed at LGBT people, specifically statements coming from Michael Savage, who is not and has never been a shareholder or officer of ROCKSTAR Energy Drink. On behalf of our company and directors, including myself and CFO Janet Weiner, I would like to take this opportunity to disavow any offensive statements directed toward LGBT people, including statements from Michael Savage. ROCKSTAR assures our customers and the general public that our brand will never be associated with any language that does not affirm the essential dignity of every person in our diverse national community.”

Savage, the Bay Area-based conservative talk radio personality, is Weiner’s father. Activsts have been urging a boycott of ROCKSTAR in light of Savage’s offensive on-air comments about LGBT people. Change.org, along with The Bilerico Project, The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, GLSEN (The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), The Trevor Project, and Michael Rogers of PageOneQ.com worked with ROCKSTAR to reach the deal announced today.

Weiner 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 to Savage’s site.)

Newsom’s campaign returned Weiner’s money a few weeks after the contribution was made; campaign director Eric Jaye issued a statement saying the campaign believed “that the confusion caused by the conflicts between the views expressed by Mr. Weiner in his campaign for State Assembly and the views and values of Mayor Newsom are best addressed this way.” The campaign said nothing of the ROCKSTAR boycott campaign. Weiner at the time said he would give that money to charity, with no hard feelings.

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Newsom returns contribution from Savage’s son

Last week, you read it here first that 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 – had made a $25,000 contribution to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign. Weiner told me he and Newsom are longtime friends.

But Newsom’s campaign today said it’s returning Weiner’s money.

“The Newsom for California campaign is returning the contribution of Russell G. Weiner,” campaign director Eric Jaye said in an e-mailed statement. “We believe that the confusion caused by the conflicts between the views expressed by Mr. Weiner in his campaign for State Assembly and the views and values of Mayor Newsom are best adressed this way.”

Russ Weiner 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.)

And Savage just last October was saying Newsom is “in love again with the gay mafia” and “a whack-job as a mayor – ‘Any-twosome’ Newsom.”

Weiner told me a few minutes ago there are no hard feelings.

“I still wish Gavin the best – always have, always will,” he said. “I’m just going to give this money to charity instead, I’m going to give it to Project Open Hand in San Francisco. … Let’s turn a misunderstanding into a positive.”

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Michael Savage’s son gives to Newsom’s campaign

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.