Whenever Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office, a top favorite to follow him is Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. In New York City for the inauguration of the city’s new liberal Democratic mayor, Bill de Blasio, Newsom backed the mayor’s program for a lot more government. Reported the New York Times:

“The mayor has a remarkable opportunity to make real many progressive policies and prove their merit,” said Gavin Newsom, the lieutenant governor of California, who as mayor of San Francisco introduced a form of universal health care and allowed same-sex couples to wed.

“De Blasio matters,” Mr. Newsom said. “A lot of us are counting on his success.”…

His administration could be a redemptive moment for a national left whose policies were often blamed for the crumbling of urban centers in the 1960s and 1970s, yet has now started to reassert itself in smaller jurisdictions with bold new approaches on issues like income equality and poverty….

The stakes are high for Mr. de Blasio, who entered politics as an aide to former Mayor David N. Dinkins and has seen firsthand the consequences of a failed left-leaning administration.

The waves of crime and racial tensions that plagued Mr. Dinkins’s tenure nudged Democrats into the city’s political wilderness for two decades, as the lengthy tenures of Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Bloomberg ushered in an era of hard-nosed, business-minded executives in City Hall.

Assuming Newsom ends up running for governor in 2018, by then the evidence will be in on whether or not de Blasio brought Nirvana to the Big Apple and boosted the fates of Newsom and other like-minded pols. Or whether the city returned to the Dinkins era of soaring crime and fleeing businesses.



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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 2 January, 2014, 13:35

    Personally I don’t think Newsome stands a chance against Kamala Harris if both ran for the democratic nomination for governor. Gavin has only one card to play. The liberal card. Kamala can play the gender card and the race card, in addition to the liberal card. And she would become the media’s darling candidate – just like with Barack. The media would depict a vote against Kamala as a vote for misogyny and racism. And the superficial and shallow Californians would buy it. Kamala would win hands down. That’s the way the political game is played in America today. The gullible electorate buy in every time.

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  2. billyBS
    billyBS 2 January, 2014, 13:53

    De Blasio talks like he is nuts, predict he will spend NYC into oblivion, and demonize anyone opposed to him(sound familiar). Of course, after Blomberg, who knows how everyone should lead their life better than themselves….just more reason to leave NYC to no income tax Florida.

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  3. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 2 January, 2014, 14:27

    Personally I really enjoy the aura and the style and the architecture and the class exuded by the physical NYC. It’s the closest thing we have to the classy cities of Europe. So I fully understand why native New Yorkers fall in love with their city. It would practically be impossible to have the same feelings for Los Angeles, Phoenix, Baltimore, Newark, Omaha, Seattle, Miami, etc…

    It’s just a shame that it’s run by a bunch of liberal fascists who force their values on everyone who fall under the rule of their iron fists.

    All I know is that De Blasio is a true lifelong dyed in the wool liberal. So prepare for more rewards and protections for illegal alien lawbreakers, more redistribution of wealth, more bans on certain food and lifestyle choices, more and bigger perks for government workers, more government wrath on busienss owners and the private sector.

    NYC would be a great place to live if it weren’t for all the liberals there.

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  4. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 2 January, 2014, 14:35

    Newsome is a pretty boy who, like Kamela Harris, we set up in office by Slick Willie Brown. Neither would be in office but for Slick Willie Brown’s gifts..

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  5. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 2 January, 2014, 14:55

    I suspect that Kamala repaid her debt to Willie.

    I wonder how Gavin paid off his debt?

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  6. Queeg
    Queeg 2 January, 2014, 19:07


    Happy Happy Happy!

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  7. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 2 January, 2014, 20:16

    “The waves of crime and racial tensions that plagued Mr. Dinkins’s tenure nudged Democrats into the city’s political wilderness for two decades,”

    This quote from the dreadful NYT is a classic example of why The Old Gray Hag cannot be taken seriously. I don’t know what city the writer has been living in but surely not Nuevo York. Democrats have run the city continuously for as long as anyone can remember, Guiliani notwithstanding. The fact that a Republican “law and order” mayor lasted a few terms doesn’t change that fact.

    If memory serves me correctly Mayor Bloomturd went Democrat about 2 seconds after he got elected the first time. Note to NYT, the city’s political establishment is, was and will be all about Limousine Liberal, Compassion Nazi politics and it doesn’t matter what arbitrary partisan label the mayor adopts.

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 2 January, 2014, 23:04

      If you’ve followed Guiliani’s political career you know that he can’t be called a ‘conservative’ with a straight face. No true conservative is electable in NYC. It’s a beautiful city. But it’s run by extremist progressives who’ve ruined it’s culture.

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  8. Queeg
    Queeg 3 January, 2014, 19:54

    Rudy was the best person at the worst of times in a urban wonderland for criminals and terrorists.

    Never criticize success. Never downplay the good this man did for New Yorkers.

    Few could carry Rudy’s shoes!

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