Mayor Gavin Newsom’s former adviser for his gubernatorial campaign, Garry South, fired off a statement today saying that he was “surprised and perplexed” that Newsom decided to jump into the race for lieutenant governor.
The only problem with that statement is that Newsom has not yet declared his candidacy for the statewide office.
“I haven’t made up my mind,” Newsom told reporters. “I wish I had something to add to what I’ve been saying consistently, which is that I’m looking at it and I will be making a decision in next two weeks.”
South goes on to say that the mayor only expressed disdain and disinterest in the position of lieutenant governor while he was running his campaign for governor until he dropped out of the race in October.
So why would South, who is running Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn’s campaign for lieutenant governor, make such a statement?
“I’m not going to comment about that,” Newsom said. “I’m just focused on my job and focused on the process I started a few weeks ago.”
That process is his ballot statement he filed, which is the only official indication so far that he might enter the race. Newsom has until March 12 to file papers declaring his candidacy, and it appears the mayor is taking his time making that decision.