Ordinarily the handsomer a salesperson or politician is the less you should trust them. If I walked onto the Ferrari dealership and he came out to greet me I would think "Oh boy here comes the sales pitch!" Fortunately you can decide if a politician is on the "up and up" by his life history and Gavin Newsom has shown he can be trusted. Will voters trust him with the Governorship of California in 2018? Time will tell.
Gavin Christopher Newsom (born 1967) is an American businessman and television personality who currently serves as the 49th Lieutenant Governor of California. He is notable for hosting a television show named after him in Current TV and for his guest appearances in HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. Newsom has been involved in controversial and high-profile relationships, including his former marriage to Fox News contributor Kimberly Guilfoyle and an infidelity scandal in 2007. His political career highlights include his advocacy for same-sex marriage and the legalization of cannabis in the United States.
Newsom studied at Redwood High School and graduated from Santa Clara University. After graduation, he co-founded businesses with family friend Gordon Getty, who was an investor. Newsom began his political career in 1996 when San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown appointed him to serve on the city's Parking and Traffic Commission and as a member of the Board of Supervisors the following year. Newsom drew voter attention with his Care Not Cash program, which was designed to move homeless people into city-assisted care.
In 2003, he was elected as the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco, the city's youngest in a hundred years. Newsom was re-elected in 2007 with 72 percent of the vote. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of California in 2010.
In 2004, Newsom gained national attention when he directed the San Francisco city–county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in violation of the then-current state law. In August 2004, the Supreme Court of California annulled the marriages that Newsom had authorized, as they conflicted with state law at that time. Still, Newsom's unexpected move brought national attention to the issues of gay marriage, solidifying political support for Newsom in San Francisco and in the gay community.
During the 2008 election, Newsom was a prominent and vocal opponent of Proposition 8, the ballot initiative to reverse the California Supreme Court ruling that there was a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. In the months leading up to election day, Proposition 8 supporters released a commercial featuring Newsom saying the following words in a speech regarding same-sex marriage: "This door's wide open now. It's going to happen, whether you like it or not." Some observers noted that polls shifted in favor of Proposition 8 following the release of the commercial; this, in turn, led to speculation that Newsom unwittingly played a role in the passage of the amendment
Newsom was baptized and reared Roman Catholic. He describes himself as an "Irish Catholic rebel...in some respects, but one that still has tremendous admiration for the Church and very strong faith." When asked about the current state of the Catholic Church, he said the church was in crisis. Newsom said he stays with the Church because of his "strong connection to a greater purpose, and ... higher being ..." Newsom identifies himself as a practicing Catholic, stating that he has a "strong sense of faith that is perennial: day in and day out."
In December 2001, Newsom married Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former San Francisco prosecutor and legal commentator for Court TV, CNN, and MSNBC and who is now a prominent personality on Fox News Channel. The couple married at Saint Ignatius Catholic Church on the campus of the University of San Francisco, where Guilfoyle attended law school. The couple appeared in the September 2004 issue of Harper's Bazaar, a fashion magazine, in a spread of them at the Getty mansion with the title the "New Kennedys." In January 2005, they jointly filed for divorce, citing "difficulties due to their careers on opposite coasts."
In 2005, Newsom was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In January 2007, it was revealed that Newsom had had a romantic relationship in mid-2005 with Ruby Rippey-Tourk, the wife of his former deputy chief of staff and then campaign manager, Alex Tourk. Tourk filed for divorce shortly after the revelation and left Newsom's campaign and administration. Newsom's affair with Rippey-Tourk impacted his popularity with male voters, who viewed his indiscretions as a betrayal of a close friend and ally.
Newsom announced in February 2007 that he would seek treatment for alcohol abuse. In September 2006, Newsom began dating actress Jennifer Siebel after being set up for a blind date by a mutual friend, Kathy Wilsey. In December 2007 their engagement was announced, and they were married in Stevensville, Montana, in July 2008. In September 2009, Siebel gave birth to a girl, Montana Tessa Newsom. Siebel gave birth to a son, Hunter Siebel Newsom, on June 12, 2011. Daughter Brooklynn was born July 3, 2013. On February 26, 2016 the Newsoms announced the birth of their fourth child, Dutch.
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Gavin Newsom speaks to the Democratic National Convention 2016 as the California Lieutenant Governor. This is the first convention by a major party to nominate a woman for president of the United States. He boasts of California's economic and social accomplishments: pro-immigrant, pro-Gay, pro-women, etc.
Then he rips Trump for all the typical things. Newsom gives Trump credit for being the most pro-Gay of any Republican candidate but blasts him for his choice of homophobic running mate Mike Pence. Pence brought economic and social problems to Indiana when, as governor, he promoted anti-Gay legislation.