Mayor Gavin Newsom says Attorney General Jerry Brown insulted mayors across the U.S. after comments Brown made in The City Thursday about how mayors aren’t fit to be governors.
Brown told a packed crowd at a Geary Street merchants banquet that mayors “spend most of the time raising money, talking to the press and doing photos ops,” and that the job is “not about people.”
While Brown was referring to his own experiences as mayor, the comment was made during what felt like a gubernatorial campaign speech, though the attorney general has yet to officially join the race.
It was hard not think Brown was referring to Newsom when he harped on the limitations of mayors. No doubt, Newsom wasn’t impressed by the comments.
“He’s taking shots every day,” Newsom said. “It’s the stuff that I can expect from his campaign, we've seen it in the past.”
Newsom, of course, took the opportunity to throw his own verbal punch.
“It may be a confessional,” Newsom said. “Maybe he thought he did nothing as mayor, I don’t know.”