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CA: SF Mayor for Clinton Because of Obama Snub?

By Robert Barnes
Hillary Clinton's got a number of California's big-city mayors on her side, but perhaps she has Barack Obama to thank for the support of one of them.

San Francisco Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius reports today that a disputed snub from Obama four years ago still rankles San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who has been campaigning hard for Clinton in advance of today's primary.

Obama was in California for a fundraiser, and Newsom at the time was national news -- and not in a good way -- about his decision to defy state law and allow gay marriages to take place in his city.

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, who is neutral in the Democratic primary due to his work as a television analyst, told the newspaper: "I gave a fundraiser, at his [Obama's] request at the Waterfront restaurant. And he said to me, he would really appreciate it if he didn't get his photo taken with my mayor. He said he would reallly not like to have his picture taken with Gavin.''

Obama deputy campaign director Steve Hildebrand, who is gay, denied the account as a "ridiculous story.''

Newsom told the paper the snub had nothing to do with his support for Clinton--he was at a rally with former President Bill Clinton Monday night--but seemed to confirm in an interview with Reuters in 2007 that he had caught much flak for his 2004 gay marriage support, which hardly seems quite as controversial in Democratic circles now, four years later.

Asked about Hillary Clinton, Al Gore and Obama, Newsom said: "One of the three Democrats you mentioned as presidential candidates, as God is my witness, will not be photographed with me, will not be in the same room with me, even though I've done fundraisers for that particular person--not once, but twice--because of this issue.''

Newsom told the paper Monday night that he looked forward to voting for Obama in eight years.

Posted at 12:42 PM ET on Feb 5, 2008
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You can not be a candidate who says "we are all one people" and leave out the gays and people you do not like. Shame on Obama. What a phony!!

Posted by: Rob6 | February 6, 2008 5:16 PM

Sego, way to lie about Obama's record on abortion. How about his 100% pro-choice rating? His vote coordination with Planned Parenthood? His vocal opposition to the SD abortion law when others were silent?

Clinton supporters lie as easily as the candidate they support.

Posted by: Nissl | February 5, 2008 3:28 PM

I am glad he snubed that mayor...most like that mayor is a corrupt guy, a thief, or some guy who raped a woman like clinton or villagorassa did so I understand if Obama doesn't want his picture taken while he's next to that scumbag.

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | February 5, 2008 1:55 PM

The two candidates are likely to split delegates, no matter what happens. Check out this case study of the delegate breakdown in Tennessee, where Obama could very well emerge with 50% of delegates while losing the statewide vote by 15%. Why? Because of the even/odd delegate breakdown. Link: http://www.campaigndiaries.com/2008/02/neither-democrat-should-get-sizable.html

Posted by: campaigndiaries | February 5, 2008 1:33 PM

Typical Obama snobbery.

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The Washington Post has officially quit pretending to offer informative and professional coverage of the democratic primary.

Posted by: zukermand | February 5, 2008 1:12 PM

The Newsom's & Clinton's share a common bond. Both husbands have been caught having sexual relations with other women while serving in public office.

Posted by: dionc9 | February 5, 2008 1:12 PM

So it is not only abortion rights. It is gay rights as well. Well, at least he is consistent with his promise that he will reach to Republicans as well as to his great effort to show that he is Christian. So much for his "uncompromised" civil rights agenda.

Posted by: sego | February 5, 2008 1:06 PM

Wow, what convenient timing! We were all wondering if the Clinton campaign had forgotten how to slander their opposition. Thanks for letting us know they haven't.

And people wonder why people don't like the Clintons... they are surrounded by dishonorable people. Some people would disassociate themselves with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of L.A., who publicly cheated on his wife last year, destroying his family and the career of his mistress in the process. But of course the Clintons, in pursuit of power, have embraced him. Dishonor comes easily to the Clintons and their surrogates. They all must have been matched by eHarmony.

Posted by: junkmail | February 5, 2008 12:56 PM

One of the soundest - I wish I could call it timely, I really do - but here's a sound article outside the dumbofied herd. I had no idea independent thinkers were so rare. This article from NYTimes has become one of the most widely read in the last couple of days:

http://fish.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/03/all-you-need-is-hate/?em&ex=1202360400&en=abf4dd091185e95c&ei=5087%0A

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